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Architecture Design of Jib House

Description About The Project

Jib House designed by Omar Gandhi Architect, is an expansive Nova Scotia home clad in two different types of cedar. Jib House’s name derived from the coastal site’s triangular shape, which resembles that of a jib, a slender triangular fore-sail used on a traditional sailing boat. Indeed, the clients wanted a home that took advantage of the slender waterfront site. While still providing plenty of space for their growing family and for large get-togethers.

On the other hand, the landscape and topography of the site became a major design opportunity. A series of board – form walls create a terraced series of pathways that lead down to a pool, built-in hot tub, and accompanying pool house. The pool house includes a sauna and wood – burning fireplace, offer unique opportunities for play in any season. Besides, an expansive wall of windows slides open, further connecting viewers to the ocean scenery.

Walking along the lower terrace of this Jib House, once can access the water from an existing boathouse and dock. Days spent here experiencing the sea, recreational spaces, and the natural environment.  The upper terrace connects to the main living quarters and is designed for relaxing and entertaining in the evenings. In addition to this, the dining and lounging section includes a barbecue and cozy fireplace sheltered by one of several cantilevered structures.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
Omar Gandhi Architect designed a cedar-clad Nova Scotia home.

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi

Indeed, Jib House incorporates multiple types of cedar.

Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
The Jib House’s top-floor entrance leads into a glass-lined entryway that Gandhi described as a “compression zone”, where a glass balcony overlooks the living areas.

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
Also, Jib House has cantilevered shadow boxes.

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
Jib House seen from above.
Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi

In the primary living room of this Jib House, double-height floor-to-ceiling windows let in the light and a large stone-clad fireplace decorates the centre of the room. Besides, The fireplace is clad in light stone. Behind the fireplace are a dining room and kitchen, which lead to the sixth bedroom.

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
A wood spiral staircase leads from the entry mezzanine to the living area.

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
A central spiral staircase connects the two floors and was made of solid wood crafted with a 5-axis machining, a process that uses computer numerical control (CNC) to cut the wood from five angles at once.

The bedrooms of Jib House have views of the water outside.


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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi
The plan of Jib House.

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Jib House Mixes Contemporary and Vernacular Design by Omar Gandhi

The Jib House Gallery:

Text by the Architects: Jib House situated in Chester, Nova Scotia – a historic village on the South shore of the province. The property is a triangular coastal lot in Chester Village overlooking the Chester basin. Also, South-facing views capture nearby islands and, in the summer months, a dense array of sailboats. Every year, the region celebrates Chester Race Week: a sailing regatta over 150 years old, born from the area’s rich nautical history.

Photo credit: Adrian Ozimek | Source: Omar Gandhi Architect

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: 350 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6K 3G1, Canada
– Tel: +1 902-420-1580
– Email: [email protected]

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