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Rabbit Snare Gorge: A Cabin in Nova Scotia

Omar Gandhi Architect Inc., who worked in collaboration with Design Base 8, designed Rabbit Snare Gorge, a cabin in Nova Scotia (Canada). The owner is an avid outdoorsman who wanted to respect the land, so the structure was built higher helping to minimize the footprint of the house. The elevated nature of the design also allows for better views.

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To combat the heavy rainstorms, winter Nor’easters, and strong winds, the structural system was built to withstand major lateral and uplift loads. Layered sheathing also helps with the high winds.

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The open interior keeps the narrow footprint from feeling too small. A double-height ceiling in the kitchen and living room form the second floor, which leads to the living room loft above, while the ground floor houses the bedrooms and the entry.

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The interior is kept simple with light woods and white surfaces, letting the natural landscape outside the large windows be the focal point.

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Photos by Younes @ Doublespace Photography.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.