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Home Away House in Calgary

Albert Park Extended Residence in Alberta design by Studio North, Canada

18 May 2016

Design: Studio North

Location: Albert Park, Calgary, Canada

Home Away House

Home Away House

Home Away House, Albert Park

Overlooking downtown Calgary from the inner-city community of Albert Park, this quaint mid-century bungalow is an experiment in enhanced residential density. The Home Away uses a number of space-saving strategies to adapt the existing house to the client’s busy lifestyle so that friends, family, and work colleagues can comfortably stay and visit for short periods of time, depending on their ever-changing schedules.

Albert Park Extended Residence in Alberta design by Studio North

The main floor, basement, and garage have been sensitively redesigned and are in the process of being renovated to create three discrete and compact dwellings that share a common greenhouse space and courtyard.

Home Away House design by Studio North

The solarium addition to the south of the house was designed as an all seasons greenhouse that provides a shared indoor/outdoor gathering space, uniting all three dwellings. A terraced deck, with integrated garden planters and seating presents an array of potential configurations for relaxing and entertaining.

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The garden, designed in collaboration with local permaculturalists, is intended to thrive with minimal maintenance to suit the shifting schedule of the client. Taking advantage of the southern exposure, the translucent polycarbonate cladding allows soft, diffuse light to flood the space and give life to the garden.

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The diagonally braced lattice structure, designed to mimic a network of branches, creates a geometric dappling of shadows. The space is centred around a fireplace built into the entryway of the solarium, creating a small entry “hut” of charred cedar, following the Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban.

Home Away House

Home Away House

Home Away House in Albert Park, Alberta – Building Information

Location: Albert Park, Calgary
Area: 2,100 sq ft
Completed: June 2015
Collaborators: Leaf Ninjas

Home Away House

Home Away House

Home Away House in Calgary image / information from Studio North

Location: Albert Park, Calgary, Canada

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