Though a few architecture firms have cropped up in Atlantic Canada in recent years that have been pushing a more modern aesthetic, the image that springs to mind when one thinks of East Coast architecture is largely unchanged. Brightly painted cladding with white trim, adorning row houses, often befit with Scottish Dormers, and the frequent appearance of Queen Anne Revival and Vernacular Homestead style architecture are most often what comes to mind. The body of work from Terrence Bay, Nova Scotia’s Peter Brathwaite Studio is a different beast altogether.

The firm’s modern structures are a mix of residential and commercial, all of which pull a very consistent thread. Stark, rigid forms that still manage to blend with the Maritime landscape, we see a consistent use of wood, steel, and concrete forming dramatic lines to accentuate scale. At the same time, these materials are key in ensuring the longevity of these homes in the often harsh island climate. By and large, the studio’s forms maintain a clean and minimalist approach to architecture — devoid of grandiose and superfluous aesthetic elements.