November 9, 2018

RNDSQR Brings the Outdoors Inside Their Own Home in Alberta

Developer RNDSQR approaches building homes with empathy. “Every project we design, we conceive as if we were living in it,” creative director Majida Devani says. But for their own home in Calgary, Devani and RNDSQR founder Alkarim Devani really tailored the space to their specific needs.

A sky-lit net serves as a play area. Photography by Jamie Anholt. 

The entire family loves the outdoors, but winters in this part of Canada can be quite long and cold. Their solution was a home that harnesses the beauty of natural materials and textures. The entry is defined by a wooden railing. “We wanted to have a feeling like a forest,” Alkarim Devani says. “So we used natural cedar for the texture, smell, and look.” The stair, which zig-zags throughout the floors, is black-stained oak.

The railing is cedar. Photography by Jamie Anholt. 

Natural light floods the home through windows and skylights. A net is used as a play area by their young daughter but also functions as a skylit aerie for adults to read and relax. “It lets you daydream while looking at clouds,” Alkarim Devani says.

The kitchen island is a single piece of concrete. Photography by Jamie Anholt. 
The chevron floor is oak. Photography by Jamie Anholt. 
A lounge chair is by Charles and Ray Eames. Photography by Jamie Anholt. 
A bedroom. Photography by Jamie Anholt. 
The exterior is weathered cedar, concrete, and Cor-Ten. Photography by Jamie Anholt. 

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