ELEMENT URBAN VILLAGE
Location: Saskatoon, SK Date: 2016
On the banks of the South Saskatchewan river in the Riversdale neighbourhood of Saskatoon, these townhouses give nods to vernacular construction and iconic prairie design. On a site historically used as a train yard in early Saskatoon, the design refers to the grain elevators and outbuildings constructed in the 1900s. The blonde cedar-clad gabled facades have been slightly angled to match the turn in the river, giving each unit direct views of the water. Making use of brick, cedar, aluminum and extensive glass, the three storey units create naturally beautiful dwellings with lofty views and purposeful thresholds between public and private living.