Collaborating closely with Calgary developer and Master Builder Truman Developments, S2 Architecture was responsible for crafting a dynamic and sustainable neighbourhood-oriented design. This design approach prioritized the creation of cutting-edge multi-residential unit typologies, harmonizing seamlessly with the University District’s Design Guidelines and planning principles.
The main objective of this design initiative was to create a diverse residential community by offering a range of housing types, including a mix of townhouses and stacked townhouse-style units interwoven with apartment-style units from 580 square feet (53.88 square meters) to 1,800 square feet (167.22 square meters). The overall site plan was carefully designed to reinforce the connection between inhabitants and a sense of belonging, with special attention paid to the edges and circulation.
In a departure from conventional building typologies, the incorporation of internal public courtyards ensures that the site-wide pedestrian pathways are centrally located, effectively blurring the line between public and private spaces. The design further facilitates unrestricted pedestrian movement through and around the buildings within well-lit, landscaped pocket plazas, with all resident and visitor parking thoughtfully positioned below grade to preserve a vital and secure pedestrian environment.
The architecture was designed to evoke a contemporary and timeless sensibility. Accentuated facades and rooflines were used to showcase the distinctive design features. High-quality masonry, metal panelling, and maintenance-free monolithic wood panels created a dynamic mix of materials and finishes, carefully balancing quality, durability, warmth, and style considerations. Additionally, the design process consistently prioritized environmentally conscious decisions, reducing carbon footprint, lowering energy consumption, and decreasing building maintenance costs.