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MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple expand U.S. presence with Denver office


September 6, 2018
by Canadian Architect

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects is excited to announce the opening of its office in Denver, Colorado to better serve its American clients. The Denver office is the first location outside the Canadian province of Nova Scotia for the firm, which currently has studios in Halifax, Lunenburg and Kingsburg, NS. This initiative builds naturally on MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects’ ongoing work on Summit Powder Mountain in Utah, where the first neighborhood of interconnected cabins is slated for completion in the fall of 2018.

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple, Denver, Utah

Now under construction in Utah, the ‘Horizon’ project sensitvielly introduces a series of inter-connected cabins that maximize mountain views. Photo by Paul Bundy

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple has a number of projects underway on Summit Powder Mountain, including the Horizon community, which, when complete, will include a private event centre and multi-season lodge, as well as 26 residential units. Now under construction, the Horizon project is sited architecturally to maximize a southwestern orientation with incredible views to Mt. Ogden, the wasatch, and the great salt lake beyond.

“As architects, we aspire to create communities that leave the world in a better place,” explained MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Principal Brian MacKay-Lyons. “We’ve found patrons in the United States that echo our own passion for ecological balance, regional archetypes, and the economies of vernacular architecture. We’re opening a U.S.-based office in response to the demand for our ability to create places that evoke these values. MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects looks forward to working with our American clients to create meaningful communities.”


MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects is based in Halifax, Lunenburg and Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, Canada and now also Denver, USA. The practice works locally and internationally on cultural, academic and residential projects, providing full architectural, interior design and urban design services. There are four Principals: Brian MacKay-Lyons, Talbot Sweetapple, Melanie Hayne and Shane Andrews.



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