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Sluice Point House is Based on Acadian Salt Hay Stacks

 - Oct 18, 2017
References: archdaily
Despite the technological rigors of modern architecture, there are still things that can be gleaned from the buildings of the past, and that's exactly what Sluice Point House does. The seasonal cottage is inspired by the historic Acadian salt hay stacks that were built in the surrounding marshes of Yarmouth Point thousands of years ago.

When the Acadians settled in Nova Scotia, they immediately took to the rich saltwater marshes of the area. The landscape was full of abundant grasses that their cattle could feed on while the harvests grew and were reaped, making it easier to farm livestock. The issue came with storing hay for cattle, which would be rendered useless after being frozen in the marshes over the winter. The Acadians thus built platforms called salt hay stacks that they used to keep the hay dry through winter, and these stacks inspired the design of Sluice Point House.