Court­yard 33 brings fu­tur­is­tic Euro­pean vibe to Marda Loop

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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.

RND­SQR

Mixed-use project Court­yard 33, by Rnd­sqr in Marda Loop, fea­tures an in­te­rior court­yard.

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