Sylvancroft VIII

The first house built at Sylvancroft is now finished and occupied. The 4500 square foot home sets a very high standard for the development in concept, materials, and complexity. The design is meant to preserve and enjoy the presence of a 100 year old elm tree on the lot. The walnut, steel, marble, and glass stair cases follow the radius set by the tree and are both at the centre of the house and at it's front entry. They rise through four flights in an atrium comprising a 180° curving wall of 28 separate windows. The living room is twenty feet high with two tilted walls, one with a 214 square foot window, the other with a fireplace framed by marble and walnut. There is an elevator running from the basement to a roof terrace shaded by the elm's leaf crown. There are four bedrooms, a lounge/office, and a playroom. Concrete and walnut floors are radiant heated, the triple-glazed windows are wood and metal, built in Austria, and the exterior is clear cedar and insulating acrylic finish. In plan and quality, this is unique in all of Edmonton.

Completed March 2015

Photos by Merle Prosofsky.