Courtyard 33 brings futuristic European vibe to Marda Loop
A dramatic new architectural showpiece will soon be breaking ground at the gateway to Marda Loop on the western end of the 33rd Avenue corridor.
Local boutique developer Rndsqr recently launched the highly anticipated Courtyard 33, a 56home condominium development that features 14,000 square feet of retail and commercial space and an interactive programmable public space.
“We wanted to change the landscape of the neighbourhood in a way that would give that feeling of inspiration, of what the future of the community would look like,” Rndsqr founder Alkarim Devani says.
Designed by Winnipeg’s 5468796 Architecture, the striking six-storey design is light and airy with an angular, modern edge. The innovative design gleaned inspiration from European architecture.
Essentially the building wraps around the exterior edge of the site, while the interior portion is carved out allowing for an open public plaza, a space that Devani calls a “neighbourhood living room.”
“It’s really an intimate space, where people can come and hang out,” he says.
The courtyard interfaces with the street public realm on two sides.
“We really wanted to create this pass-through type of feeling, where residents and visitors can gather and socialize,” says Devani.
At street level, the building will be brimming with vibrancy through a variety of retail and commercial offerings on the both the first and second floors.
Courtyard 33 joins a spate of architecturally significant projects to hit the city in the past few years and offers some exciting visuals.
A 50-foot-wide staircase leading from 33rd Avenue into the courtyard space is just the beginning. The stairs are designed to emulate the Spanish Steps in Rome — an iconic staircase where people congregate and hang out, enjoying the vibe.
“The steps are designed to be a place where you linger, but they also lead you up, very similar to the Central Library, where you walk up the steps and it is an experience all unto itself and then you get into the courtyard with all of the tuckedaway businesses,” Devani says.
These are businesses such as Diner Deluxe — expect Sunday pop-up brunches in the middle of the courtyard — and Brewer’s Apprentice, a local craft brewery and store. Much of the second-floor commercial space will be dedicated to a co-working hub, where self-employed and contract working types can connect with others and put in a solid day’s work.
Public art is also a large component of the design. Two, six-storey, 3,000-square-foot murals by local artists will adorn the building. Calgarians can vote on their favourite and the winners will be announced at the end of July 2019.
The residential component of the project begins on the third floor.
“We are really creating spaces for people that will allow them to decide how they are going to use it,” Devani says.
Homes range from 500 to 940 square feet, with luxury finishes and dynamic, open-concept spaces. Most homes have a private terrace and all come with underground parking. Homes start at $239,000, plus GST. Shovels should be overturning the first layer of sod in early March, with occupancies expected in late 2020.
For more information and to vote on your favourite art piece, visit www.rndsqr.ca.
Mixed-use project Courtyard 33, by Rndsqr in Marda Loop, features an interior courtyard.