Journey to the Ghost Ghost Laboratory: November 16-17 Build Day

For many, many years now I’ve admired the Ghost Architectural Laboratory. In fact, the project heavily influenced where I wanted to study architecture and why I wanted to study architecture. Thinking back, it was over 4 years ago now I bought the book. Yet it doesn’t seem that distant…

Reading 'Ghost: Building an Architectural Vision' one morning with a coffee.

Reading ‘Ghost: Building an Architectural Vision’ one morning with a coffee.

When I arrived at Dalhousie’s School of Architecture and discovered Brian MacKay-Lyons would be teaching us later in the program, I began to revisit the book again. This time around, I recognized some of the names in the book, including Christine Macy (now the Dean of the school).

Yet, it gets better.

Brian’s son Matt MacKay-Lyons is one of my classmates. In fact, I’m grateful to have the diverse class that I have. Thankfully, the opportunity came up to visit the MacKay-Lyons land and help rebuild an old schoolhouse. Not exactly part of a Ghost project, but nevertheless, a chance to participate in something I’ve admired for so long.

Given the end of the B1 term was so intense, I’m only now able to publish some of the photographs and the experience. Below is a series of photographs of the long weekend with Matt and some of our colleagues.

Car ride with some students (and coffee).

Car ride with some students (and coffee).

The road in.

The road in.

Arriving at the MacKay-Lyons property, a 'Ghost' looms in the fog.

Arriving at the MacKay-Lyons property, a ‘Ghost’ looms in the fog.

View from one of the cottages looking back out towards the road we came in.

View from one of the cottages looking back out towards the road we came in.

The frame of the School House is already up.

The frame of the School House is already up.

Some of the guys walking to the site.

Some of the guys walking to the site.

Early in the construction day.

Early in the construction day.

The site and looming 'Ghost'.

The site and looming ‘Ghost’.

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iPhone panoramic on top the School House.

iPhone panoramic on top the School House. Looking back towards the road we entered from.

iPhone panoramic on top the School House.

iPhone panoramic on top the School House. Looking in the other direction.

iPhone photo from inside the wall.

iPhone photo from inside the wall.

iPhone photo from inside the wall.

iPhone photo from inside the wall.

Colin and Nathan having a look.

Colin and Nathan having a look.

Working away.

Working away. I’m in the orange hat and plaid shirt!

Sean and Will.

Sean and Will.

End of the build day, nearly dark.

End of the build day, nearly dark.

We headed back to the cottage to get some food, and then went out again to explore some of the Ghost project sites, and have a fire.

Midnight fire.

Midnight fire.

By the fire.

By the fire.

The next morning, after a stay at the cabin, we headed out to explore yet again.

But not before coffee!

Morning coffee.

Morning coffee.

Charles Moore inspired renovation - the cabin we stayed at.

Charles Moore inspired renovation – the cabin we stayed at.

iPhone panoramic leaving the cabin.

iPhone panoramic leaving the cabin.

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iPhone panoramic from on top of the above structure.

iPhone panoramic from on top of the above structure.

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Looking towards the School House build site and the cottages.

Looking towards the School House build site and the cottages.

I’ll finish with a great photograph Nathan shot of me inside one of the walls:

Me inside a wall working away.

Me inside a wall working away.

Many thanks to Matt MacKay-Lyons for the chance to visit and help out.

Stay Creative!
/Matt

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