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Larry Gaudet. ORO Editions, Novato, 2021.

234 pp. Moderately Illustrated (chiefly col.). 23 x 15 cm. In English. Paperbound.

ISBN 9781954081208

In partnership with his wife Marilyn Mackay-Lyons and their family, he has built a unique community over the granite ruins of a historic settlement on the fogbound coast of Nova Scotia. Among the structures at Shobac are homes, barns, studios, cottages, fishing shacks, a boathouse, even a schoolhouse, all designed in Mackay-Lyons's compelling architectural language that fuses con-temporary Modernism with Nova Scotia building traditions. SkyRoom is written in a new genre that Gaudet calls magic architectural realism, blending fact with historical fiction in presenting the lives of early inhabitants and visitors to the Shobac area, including Samuel de Champlain, a Mi'kmaq mystic, an Acadian carpenter, and other lively characters whose ghostly presence swirl in the untold myths of this coastal Shangri-La. More provocatively, Gaudet orchestrates imaginary conversations between Mackay-Lyons and legendary figures in architecture-Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van Der Rohe, Louis Kahn, Charles Moore, and oth-ers-all toward providing a novel perspective on what goes into building communities and homes worth living in.

Subject Headings: Western Art -- Canada -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Architecture --

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