Lines so crisp they paper cut the sky, colours so in tune with their surroundings they feel lifted from nature, banks of windows flooded with light: Chances are, you know a building designed by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple when you see it—if for no other reason than the strong visual style has become a stalwart of east coast architecture. It feels unsurprising, then, to say that yesterday Brian MacKay-Lyons was appointed to the Order of Canada—even if he’s only the 40th architect in the country to be bestowed the honour.
MacKay-Lyons was recognized, as per a release “for his contributions to architecture, notably through his vernacular designs that celebrate Nova Scotia culture.” Part of why his work is so recognizable is how it “features Atlantic Canadian vernacular materials and construction
Techniques”, as the release puts it—all while taking into account the surrounding landscape.
Here, in celebration of MacKay-Lyons’s big win, we’re sharing three of the most notable and innovative buildings he and his firm have created:
The yassification of the Halifax waterfront begins and ends with this development, which combines pedestrian passages and pier buildings that connect the city and the waterfront. It's also home to a host of restaurants, the Muir hotel, private residences, offices and retail space.