RAIC honours Brian MacKay-Lyons with 2015 Gold Medal

Royal Architectural Institute of Canada honours Brian MacKay-Lyons with 2015 Gold Medal for his significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture.

Read the full RAIC press release here.

CBC Information Morning Interview

Bob Murphy from CBC Information Morning interviewed Brian MacKay-Lyons during which they discuss the Ghost Conference, critical regionalist architecture, and the Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft & Community book being launched.

To download a MP3 of the interview you can click here. You can also stream the interview by clicking the play button below.

Bigwin In The News

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects has been featured in The Chronicle Herald (Halifax), in an article about the Bigwin Island Golf Club competition

“It is a design that provides for the capability to create an endless variety of arrangements. It’s wonderful and perfect for the location,”
-Chris Schmitt (Co-ordinator of design competition)

To view the full article, please click here.

To view the full press release, please click here.

Local Architecture Hits Book Stores!

It has been three years since the Ideas in Things (Ghost 13) conference and now the book which documents this event and the work of this ‘school’ of architects is available. Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft & Community by Brian MacKay-Lyons and edited by Robert McCarter can be purchased online or in book stores internationally.

See what others are saying about it:

World Architecture News
Architectural Digest

Local Architecture Book Launch!

Join us in celebrating the launch of Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft, and Community 7 pm January 15th at the Dalhousie School of Architecture.

Brian MacKay-Lyons & His South Shore Utopia

allNovaScotia.com has recently published an article featuring Brian MacKay-Lyons and his South Shore community - shobac.

The article describes how shobac got started, how it has grown and evolved since the beginning, and outlines some current activities at the site including a new house being built and 2 lots being offered for sale.

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Bigwin Island Block 78 Design Competition Awarded to MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

We are pleased to announce that MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects have been awarded the Bigwin Island Invited Design Competition.

In the spring of 2014 Bigwin Island Golf Club invited 6 Canadian Architectural firms to develop plans for 50 cabins to be built on the golf course. In October of 2014 these teams met to present their designs and MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects was selected to provide Architectural Design services for the project. Congratulations to all teams that were invited to participate in this competition; SuperKul (Toronto, Ontario), Taylor-Smyth Architects (Toronto, Ontario), Patkau Architects (Vancouver, British Columbia), MU Architecture (Montreal, Quebec), and Altius Architecture, Inc (Toronto, Ontario) and MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

Bigwin Island is an exclusive waterfront vacation home and golf course community located on Lake of Bays in Muskoka, Ontario cottage country.

For more information, please visit www.mlsarchitects.ca and www.bigwinisland.com

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Shobac Cottages Video

An aerial video showcasing Shobac Cottages in Kingsburg, NS has been developed in co-operation with Proptonics. This video highlights the landscape, cottages, studio, and surrounding buildings designed by owner and architect Brian MacKay-Lyons. You can watch the video below in a small video player, or watch in full-screen for best results. Thanks to Ian MacKinnon for providing the music. If you would like to get more information about rentals, please click here.

1830 Chebogue Schoolhouse - CBC Radio Interview

Brian MacKay-Lyons speaks to Don Connolly of CBC Radio’s Information Morning on October 24th, 2013 about the old 1830 Chebogue Schoolhouse he has salvaged and is in the process of moving and repurposing on his farm in Kingsburg, Lunenburg County. To download a MP3 of the interview you can click here. You can also stream the interview by clicking the play button below.

Hirtles Cottage Newly Renovated

Hirtles Cottage has been recently upgraded to include a second bathroom in the loft which has a bathtub offering dramatic views of Hirtles Beach and sea. The expanded loft bedroom features a luxurious satin curtain as well. The whole interior is also exquisitely finished in natural cedar. This cottage has been completely winterized, so now this fully insulated cottage will be available for rental year-round. The final addition to Hirtles cottage is the sculptural perforated steel stair that has been installed.

To see a detailed listing of Hirtles Cottage or book a rental, you can click here.

Shobac Cottages Featured in Air Canada enRoute Magazine

Shobac Cottages in Kingsburg, NS has recently been featured in the May 2013 issue of Air Canada's enRoute Magazine. Four chefs from different parts of Atlantic Canada gathered at the property of Brian MacKay-Lyons to enjoy some beautiful architecture, scenery, and of course some delicious "new-wave coastal cuisine". The cover page of the magazine has an amazing picture of one of the chefs perched upon a wooden tower built as part of a Ghost lab, and overlooking the wonderful Nova Scotia coastline. The article titled "Fisherman's Friends" also has no short of great photography, and even has some recipes.

To view the cover page and read the entire magazine, you can click here.

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Historic Chebogue Schoolhouse lives on in Lunenburg County.

"Brian MacKay-Lyons, an award-winning architect who grew up in Arcadia has purchased the old Chebogue schoolhouse and plans to dismantle it into whole walls and roof sections. It will be transported this winter to a farm in Upper Kingsburg, Lunenburg County by flatbed truck then re-erected and restored." -Carla Allen

Once restored, this schoolhouse will provide another level of rental possibility to guests of Shobac Cottages. Expected to be completed by 2014, the Chebogue Schoolhouse will be a deluxe 2-story, 2 bedroom unit.

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Shobac Campus Honored with Prestigious North American Architecture Awards

"Ghost Campus, in Upper Kingsburg, Lunenburg County, designed by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, received the Ron Thom Award. This prestigious award is rarely granted and is presented to an architect and their body of work that demonstrate outstanding creative talent and exemplary architectural design."

"The American Institute of Architects Honor Award is the highest award given by the American Institute of Architects for building design. The award is given annually. MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple has received this prestigious recognition from their peers for the design of the 'Shobac Campus'; a collection of buildings in Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia."

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