The past decade has seen a surge of both interest and investment in Edmonton’s mature neighborhoods, which has physically manifested itself as density: new houses, duplexes, row housing, and, most recently, garage suites. With few built precedents in Edmonton, this project explores the forms the garage suite might take in the city’s particular conditions.
Ritchie is located approximately 3 kilometers to the southeast of Edmonton’s downtown, adjacent to both Mill Creek Ravine and Whyte Avenue. It is in many ways typical of Edmonton’s mature neighborhoods, characterized by a gridded street layout with back lanes and a building stock consisting largely of small, post-war detached houses.
The building, in its massing and material treatment, attempts to pay heed to this built context, while also presenting itself as contemporary. Glazing is located and treated to optimize the transmission of views, natural light, and energy into and out of the building. Form and material are derived largely from typical construction methods and climatic requirements, and used to create a backdrop against which the building’s less normative aspects are contrasted. Massing, sitting, and landscape are shaped by the project’s sensitive spatial and political context, but also suggest a new urban function for Edmonton’s lanes.
Building Specs: • R28 Walls • R50 Roof • R35 Floor • Triple Pane Windows R8cog, R3frame • LG Air source heat pump • RV • A O Smith electric HWH
This new laneway suite will add versatility, density and flexibility to an already established home in the Avonmore neighbourhood of Edmonton. Comfort will be maximized by upgraded triple pane windows, doubling the minimum code requirements on insulation values, superior airtightness, and ventilation through an HRV.