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January 01, 2019

RNDSQR rising

Courtyard 33 adds to RNDSQR’s reputation as one of Calgary’s most exciting condo developers


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The developers who introduced Calgary to some of the most trend-setting condo and townhome developments, like GROW and Peaks + Plains, is unveiling Courtyard 33, it’s most ambitious development yet.

“Courtyard 33 is a project coming to Marda Loop. It hosts 56 residential condo units and two levels of retail space and built-in co-working offices,” Devani says. “It features a large interior courtyard accessible from 33rd Avenue and the laneway. The lane features micro-retail units as well.”

For Courtyard 33, RNDSQR teamed up with 5467896 Architecture out of Winnipeg — a four-time winner of the Canadian Governor General Award for Architecture. “Both of their principals are originally from Europe and they brought many design principles forward in this stunning design,” Devani explains.

He promises that Courtyard 33 will be unlike anything else seen in the current multi-family market, or ever.“Courtyard 33 is architecturally different from what we have seen in Calgary; it is a very forward thinking development that really focuses on people first.”

He says the design focuses on questions like how residents will interact in their space, and how they interact outside of their space. “How do we build a culture? How do we define the right mix of people, places and businesses to create cultural vibrancy for generations to come?”

Devani says they came up with a few simple answers. “We started on the inside with designing the most efficient spaces internally. You will see that each unit isn’t your typical narrow shoebox. Each living space is ample with natural light being a key factor that drives the design.”

On the exterior, 5467896 continued to push the envelope quite literally with metal panelling and perforated metal to create an incredible, clean facade. “It’s substantially different then anything else we have done in the city. It also features two public art pieces that the public can interact with: one on the
courtyard elevator shaft wall and one on the exterior wall,” he adds.

Devani feels that Courtyard 33 is a development that fits the trendy and dynamic nature of the inner-city community of Marda Loop. It is going up on the northeast corner of 33rd Avenue and 22 Street S.W. just off the Crowchild Trail ramp heading east.

“Marda Loop is an incredibly vibrant community with so many amazing amenities. We are steps away from Safeway and Village Ice Cream and blocks away from our favorite coffee shop, Phil and Sebastian. There is so much to do in Marda Loop with its access to bike lanes and proximity to Sandy Beach. It
is also one block away from the new rapid Bus Transit Route on Crowchild Trail,” Devani says.

Courtyard 33 suites range from 500 to 965 square-feet, with options of one- and two-bedrooms and one-, one-and-a-half and two baths. Starting price is at $239,000. “Majority of our units feature balconies and have views of the mountains and downtown,” Devani says.

Standards include luxury laminate herringbone flooring, nine-foot tall ceilings, quartz countertops, full-height cabinetry, appliances are stainless steel, plumbing is matte black, and backsplash is designer tile.

What distinguishes Courtyard 33 is it’s “stop skip corridor” design, a first of its kind in Calgary. Devani explains that it is a concept where the elevators stop only at certain floors in the six-storey building.

“Basically the elevator only hits level 2, 3, and 5. Floors 4 and 6 are accessed from the elevator and corridor below. Each unit on floors 4 and 6 would have a door that leads to a staircase internal to their units to get up to their units,” he says.

The stop-skip design — predominantly used in Europe, particularly Copenhagen — provides a heightened level of privacy as those units do not sit right next to a corridor. “Many of the units have through windows — windows facing both courtyard and the street. This provides different types of living options
for different people so allowing for a swath of choices depending on lifestyle.”

Courtyard will also feature 14,000 square-feet of retail commercial experiences with some amazing businesses signing on, including craft beer makers Brewers’ Apprentice, a restaurant (which can’t be shared yet), a personal training facility and an 8,000-square-foot co-work environment that will support
all the people living in the building.

Like the RNDSQR sales centre down the road, Courtyard 33 will also be a place to gather in the summer with events and different programming. “Think pop-up brunches, pop up markets and different types of experiences!” Devani says.

“This project is unique architecturally and to Calgary. We hope it acts to boost the community and helps Marda Loop thrive. It has a great location, a variety of floor plans, and it’s completely new for Calgary. The Marda Loop community continues to grow and see valued amenities being built out.”

Sales start in February, Devani says to keep an eye out for a chance to vote on the large-scale public art that’s going into Courtyard 33. “We’re excited to share this soon!”

Fast Facts:
Community: Marda Loop
Projects: Courtyard 33
Developer: RNDSQR
Style: Apartment-style condominiums
Size: One-and two-bedroom condos ranging from 500 to 965 sq. ft.
Price: From $239,000
Presentation Centre:
2212 33rd Ave. S.W.
Hours: Wednesday to Friday 12 - 6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 12 - 5 p.m.

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