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Modern, modular architecture reflects the ease of East Coast living

Cape Breton’s world-class golf destination will soon be the site of eight, new luxury homes. ‘The Residences at Cabot Cliffs’ are the beginning of expansive growth for the resort, which already boasts award-winning architecture, including the Cabot Links Lodge designed by FBM. The Lodge won the 2013 enRoute Magazine Air Canada in partnership with RAIC Hotel Design Awards - Best Overall Architecture and a 2016 Wood Design Award.

Four designs are inspired by the traditional, gabled roof forms seen across Nova Scotia. Each home is defined by two or more discrete gabled forms arranged with sleeping wings clustered around a central living space that precisely separates public and private functions. Gabled components are rotated and reconfigured to create a diverse array of floor plans and massing. The varied house types are then clustered to form a village overlooking part of the links.

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Home Type A, B, C, D


“The buildings have an authentic material palette for this rugged Atlantic Canadian landscape,” says FBM architect, Susan Fitzgerald. “The modern vernacular aesthetic of these homes underscores the idea that a large house can still feel like an airy seaside cottage.”

Expansive glazing and sliding doors open up to refreshing ocean breezes and intimate patios and courtyards framed by the gabled pavilions. Elegant cedar shingle façades, locally sourced-brick fireplaces, and open living spaces give the homes a contemporary, but timeless edge.

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Axo, floorplan, and elevation - Home Type C


Perhaps most importantly, the design works with, and within, stunning land and seascapes⸺undulating dunes punctuated by smooth, flat fairways, all at the precipice of rugged cliffs overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The luxury homes were designed by FBM for Cabot Links’ sister course, Cabot Cliffs. Permanent residences add another layer to the multi-dimensional course, which is recognized among the ‘World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses’ (Golf Digest, 2020). Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020.

Read more on FBM's designs at Cabot Links