How did Calgary, a city whose population density rivals that of Ulaanbaatar, come up with the infill? The engineering and design feat, wherein a single-family home on a standard 50-foot lot gives way to two freestanding homes on their own 25-foot lots, seems like it should be the purview of packed Kitsilano, not rolling Marda Loop. Perhaps it takes a Prairie ingenuity to make it work (coupled with a Prairie sense of wanting a freestanding abode), but the form is now ubiquitous throughout inner-city Calgary—a few were even spotted in Edmonton’s tony Glenora a few years back. Credit goes to the dreamers—from a young Jeremy Sturgess (see #12) to Chris Lemke of Alloy Homes—who reimagined what a single-family house could be, in the unlikeliest of spots.
Architect Jeremy Sturgess designed this infill called the Schafer House, featured in our June 1982 issue.
While individual rooms were small, the space soared in the centre: a colonnade supported the second floor, keeping the space feeling airy.