New House

Calgary, Alberta, Canada



The site is a long and narrow piece of land fronting northward onto the Bow River in Inglewood. It is protected from flooding by a wall built on the river edge of the property.

Adjacent to the site is a historic row of cottages that are iconic in the neighbourhood.

The client wanted a house in which to start a family, that would be respectful to the historic neighbourhood while being contemporary and of its time.

The intent was to place the living space of the house as close to the river as possible, while creating a frontage on the narrow lot that would be respectful of the adjacent historic houses. Accordingly a courtyard was developed as open space adjacent to a linear built space that connects front to rear, or Street to River.

A garage screens the courtyard from the street. Its low mass allows the south sun to enter the courtyard. Beside the one storey garage is a two storey form, similar in mass to the adjacent historic houses. This mass extends through the length of the lot. The front is an office for the couple that faces the street, with a guest room above. Through the length, and exposed to the courtyard, are the kitchen and family room as an open space, which then open northward into the living and dining space which extend the full width of the lot at the rear, with floor to ceiling views to the river to the north, and to the courtyard to the south.

Three bedrooms sit above the main floor. The entire building is located 1.5 metres above grade to respect the flood conditions. All services are located above this plane.Image of New Street house in Calgary designed by Calgary architect Sturgess Architecture