A house as a built dichotomy. The KASA Project realizes a new home designed and built for a young couple and their growing family. Spanning a double-lot in Calgary's Mount Pleasant community, the home's unique shape is a direct reflection of the inherent contrasting relationship of public and private spaces.
Clad in black masonry, the ground floor base is heavily punctuated with large glazed openings. The traditional kitchen, dining room, and living room have been combined into a larger expansive living space that opens to both the front street and rear garden. A central hall connects the front and rear entries of the home into a singular space containing ample sotrage and a cantilevered central stair. The upper volume, clad in cedar houses the private spaces and sleeping quarters for the family. Where the main floor is designed to incorporate 'horizontal' connections with the rear garden and context, the upper volume is designed vertically, as the asymeetrically pitched roof has been carved out to created extruded lightwells and tall 16' vaulted ceilings.
Designed to integrate into an existing contextual neighbourhood, and to maximize natural lighting and exterior amenity - the KASA project suggests a more considered approach to rebuilding Calgary's inner city communities.
- Date : 2016
- Size : 2000 - 3000 sqft
- Status : Ongoing
- Location : Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The New Hearth
An asymmetrical upper volume sits atop a masonry base. A formal interpretation of the delinated 'private' and 'public' spaces on the interior, the black brick ground level is open and porous, allowing natural lighting and ventilation into the main public spaces of the home. A more private upper level sits on top of the brick plint, with a different materiality and a more closed facade.
Nod to the Context
Facing the front street, the asymmetrical roofline pulls down toward the ground and remains completely free of windows or articulation. This minimizes the impact of a large two storey house in a contextual neighbourhood, and minimizes heat loss through the North elevation of the home.
The rear of the home faces south, and the house opens up dramatically to allow for expansive views, natural light, and natural ventilation. A large concrete terrace completes the living space of the home, projecting outward in to the rear garden at the same level of the main floor.
Subtle articulation is built into the front facade, allowing for an interpretation of a front 'porch', again allowing for greater contextual integration.
The plane of the home across two levels are centred around a thick central 'spine'. Clad in black timber, and punctuated to allow for a wodd burning stove and storage, the Spine extends across all levels of the home, integrated by way of the stairwell to it's rear.
A Bright Kitchen
Designed to simultaneously maximize both natural light and funtional storage the kitchen and dining room are open to both the North and South, with ambient lighting brought in from the West facing side yard.