Award of Excellence Winner
In the sprawling city of Edmonton, sensitive infill dwellings are a rarity. Infillhaus, originally conceived as a competition prototype, explores the merits of compact, flexible living in the prairie capital. The single detached dwelling is half the width of its neighbours, contributing to urban densification in the leafy inner-city Norwood district.
The dwelling’s bedrooms are embedded in the ground, using the natural insulating capability of the earth to maintain winter warmth and to provide cooling in the summer. The living space is contained above in a high-ceilinged, pavilion-like volume, zoned between “servant” and “served” spaces by tree-like structural columns. This floor overlooks the street and backyard, with no windows peering into adjoining lots. A thin, galvanized steel canopy extends over both ends of the building, providing a simple, contemporary lid and protection against the elements.
As a good neighbour, the house includes a raised entry and veranda to welcome visitors. It significantly reduces excavation and construction times by choosing a smaller footprint and opting against a full basement. The home aims to achieve net zero energy consumption—beginning with its building orientation that tracks and captures the sun’s energy from east to west, and layering in an efficient envelope, building integrated photovoltaics, and a ground source heat pump.
CLIENT Stephen Ellis
ARCHITECT TEAM Barry Johns, Bobby Harris (Student), Wei Yew (Photography/Graphics), Ellis Associates (Model)
AREA 1860 ft² + decks
STATUS Development Permit application pending, anticipated completion December 2017