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The MODERN ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN SOCIETY visits Calgary, AB, to explore incredible modern living spaces. We invite you to tour the properties, meet the architects, and talk to the homeowners that bring Calgary’s most unique residences to life! Ticket buyers may visit the homes at their own pace in any order on Tour day.
When: Saturday, September 24, 11am to 5pm
Where: Please scroll down to preview the homes and see a map.
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2016 Calgary Modern Home Tour Homes
ALL HOMES OPEN 11AM – 5PM RAIN OR SHINE!
A – Toronto Crescent NW
Builder: Newgrowth Fine Homes Inc.
Photography: LifeSeven Photography
2624 Toronto Cres is a stunning contemporary home on a ridge with spectacular city and valley views. The design focus was to capture the views while building a comfortable and efficient home.
Generous set-backs create a sense the home belongs on the lot, while ensuring every upper floor room has a valley view. Overhangs, soffits with rafters and eye catching materials blend into the surroundings yet add warmth and distinction. The tiered Corten rusted steel planters provide unique curb appeal.
Board formed concrete walls are the main architectural statement both outside and in, an implied barrier between the public and private spaces. It remains exposed as a central core – the stair floats upward in a ribbon against it, the archways lead to new spaces and it is the dramatic kitchen wall.
The kitchen is south and west facing, sleek, modern and bright — the ultimate room for family living and entertaining. Floor to ceiling windows provide magnificent views, softened by the sparkling window coverings. A pantry and home management office are adjacent with lovely barn doors which can be closed when guests arrive.
Upstairs, a generational separation is built in, the children’s bedrooms are up front and the master suite located to the rear. Each bedroom has valley views and its own bathroom. The master ensuite area is large and designed for two schedules/body clocks. One can rise, bathe, dress and exit through the walk-in-closet to the main hall without disturbing their partner.
High efficiency was a large consideration resulting in the design of the architectural forms, light control, and thermal heating and cooling. The woodstove located within the concrete wall structure provides thermal heating. Enlarged overhangs create passive solar shading on the south exposure, reducing direct sun in the summer months, while increasing sun exposure in the winter when the sun is lower. Clerestory windows mid-house and venting windows throughout provide cooling and clever cross-ventilation, negating the need for air conditioning.
Surfaces, fixtures and millwork throughout the home are clean and structured with overall elegance and timeless simplicity. The oak floors establish durability and warmth making this spectacular modern home a pleasure to visit and live in.
B – 31 Ave SW
Designer: RNDSQR, Majida Devani
Project SC31 is located in the City’s South Calgary community, one of the older inner-city neighborhoods located south west of the downtown core. South Calgary is known for being a part of the district of Mardaloop as it engages the local community through parks, stores, festivals, and restaurants.
SC31 is a rowhouse with 4 attached homes and detached garages. Completed construction in September 2016. The project faces East to West and maximizes all light exposure through the house. Materials such as cedar shingles bring warmth and complexity to the façade of the building. While natural colors and materials such as concrete, oak and metal compliments the exterior. There are 2 floors, developed basement, back yard and wetbar. RNDSQR believes in community living and offers a bike, vegetable garden, and local vendor amenities that are included in the unit such as Kit Interiors, Our Daily Brett, YYC Growers, Method Fitness, Una Restaurant, Phil and Sebastian Coffee, Fresh Laundry, and The Uncommons. It’s all about paying it forward.
C – Juniper Rd NW
Architect: The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative inc., Marc Boutin
Photography: Bruce Edward
This two story walkout residence for a professional couple in Calgary negotiates a steeply sloping site with dramatic views of Downtown, the Foothills and Rocky Mountains. The design was developed in response to both the unique characteristics of the site, and to the clients’ desire for an ordered, light filled living space.
The house addresses the street with a subdued single story façade and compressive entry, while the private, semi-enclosed courtyard described by the two ‘legs’ of its L-shaped plan is enveloped by two story curtain wall designed to open the house to take full advantage of the property’s views and south light.
The plan and form orders the house’s private functions within a maple-clad volume, while its public functions are organized in a series of overlapping social spaces, framed and codified by the use of white lacquered mill-work. These two halves of the residence’s program are connected visually across the courtyard space and spatially by a promenade running parallel to both the consolidated block of private spaces and the curtain wall.
Materially, the house draws on a limited number of sources: the public skin is comprised primarily of corrugated aluminum with inset planes of cedar at window apertures providing light to the house’s private functions. The public functions of the plan are clad in curtain wall glazing in an L-shape providing delayed spatial experiences, impressive views, and diffuse natural lighting to the client’s art collection.
The interior finishes show similar restraint, allowing light and shadow to describe the spaces while providing a complementary environment for the client’s collection of contemporary art. As the form and organization are integral to the experience of the site and the procession of the residence, the tectonic resolution is codified in the experience of the material palette. The material character enhances the articulation of one expression of the house’s functions to the next while compressing, containing, opening and displaying space.
D – 4 Ave NE
Architect/Interior Design: KaBeN Design Group Inc., Keith Hlewka
Photography: Keith Hlewka
The KITliving home in Bridgeland was designed for those who believe in a sustainable urban lifestyle. KaBeN designed KITliving as a high performance home, which enhances the lifestyle of its occupants. KITliving was designed with healthy building materials, flexible features and energy efficient building systems. We designed KITliving to be a compact modern sustainable home as an alternative to infill homes provided in Calgary. At KaBeN we believe that quality and performance can be attainable – we call this a positive home. KaBeN designed and built the KITliving home to be a positive home that is aesthetically appealing, pleasurable to live in, and most importantly respects the environment.
E – 39 Ave SW
Architect/Interior Design: Housebrand, John Brown
This 2900 sqft two story home was designed and built by Housebrand. It is an example of the firm’s Future Adaptive Building concept. This revolutionary new idea in residential architecture allows you to change your house as your needs evolve without a major renovation. The High Performance Building Shell is designed to connect the house with its site by optimizing solar orientation, natural ventilation, and the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces. The exterior walls are constructed with energy efficient panels and a durable cladding system. An exterior technology chimney consolidates the mechanical systems into one location and allows for future upgrading. The Tailored Interior is designed with loose-fit loft style open space on the main floor that can flexibly adapt to different living arrangements. On the second floor the FAB modular storage system can be used to adjust the size and number of bedrooms.