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Replacing Calgary's Saddledome

Calgary City Council Voted to Replace the Saddledome. What’s next? Calgary Tower?

SZTUK Architecture

2019 MUDA Calgary - Mayor’s Urban Design Awards

The MUDA Awards celebrate the most interesting, innovative and well-loved architecture, landscape, and public space design in Calgary. This year Sztuk Architecture submitted the “Jackyl & Hide” project to be judged by a panel of experts.

Urban Design Issues

“Overlooked Treasures” in Calgary’s Avenue Magazine (2012 May issue)

Check out “Overlooked Treasures” (May 2012 Avenue Magazine) article where Jaelyn Molyneux joined Calgary architect Tomasz Sztuk on a tour of Calgary’s architectural best-kept secrets. Photos by Jared Sych. See pdf of the article attached below.

Projects Outside of the City

La Casa dei Conti-Vecchi – Mediterranean Courtyard Villa in the heart of Sardinia

The courtyard home is an ancient type of house structure, dating to the early Roman period. This article takes you on a journey to Sardinia to allow you to discover the benefits of courtyard homes. Wander with us through la Casa dei Conti-Vecchi, a contemporary courtyard home project in southern Italy.

Urban Design Issues

Unlocking the Gateways to Calgary’s Downtown - A Think Piece on Potential Developments at the Entrances to the Centre City

As you approach the city from any direction, you’ll see the skyscrapers of the downtown core first. They rise out of the prairie like the Emerald City in Wizard of Oz. You can see them from an hour’s drive away in any direction. 

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2016 Banff Affordable Housing Proposal

This project was designed for the Town of Banff Affordable Housing Competition in 2016. We were invited by Homes by Avi - Avi Urban to be the design architect for the project.

Projects Outside of the City

Miami Restaurants vs Calgary Restaurants

The food hall craze is sweeping the nation. Could an open-air communal food market work in Calgary?

SZTUK Architecture

Carrara Marble: The Beauty Enchanted in Stone

It is a marvel among stones: Carrara marble. For centuries, it’s been “THE” marble that everyone who is anyone has wanted. The Pantheon and Trajan’s Column in Ancient Rome were built out of it. Michelangelo worked with it during the Quattrocento. In modern times, many world-famous buildings, including the World Trade Centre in New York, use Carrara marble as their most prestigious and noble material.

Urban Design Issues

Calgary’s Next Downtown Museums

Tomasz Sztuk of SZTUK Architecture suggests a new life for two heritage buildings in Calgary's Centre City: the Mewata Armoury and the Fire Station No. 1.

SZTUK Architecture

MAKHouse Monochrome, Minimalist Killarney Duplex

Check out “Magdalena and Artur Kurylowicz’s Monochrome, Minimalist Killarney Duplex” in Avenue Magazine (May 2016), in which Kait Kucy interviews Magdalena about her MAKhouse Design interior design approach for the townhouse project designed by SZTUK Architecture. https://www.avenuecalgary.com/Shopping-Style/Home-Decor/MAKHouse-Design-Monochrome-Home-Killarney/

FAQ's

FAQ Part Three (2 of 2): How to Navigate the Design Process as a Client

How do you prepare for your first meeting with your consultant? Your step-bystep guide to a solid understanding of the Process, Design, Timeline and Deliverables and Cost/Value.

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FAQ Part Three (1 of 2): How to Navigate the Design Process as a Client

What do you need to do to start the design process of your custom residential project? What are the best ways to gather and present your thoughts?

FAQ's

FAQ Part Two: How to Interview Architects for Your Custom Project

In this article, we provide questions that you can take to any architect consultation. The answers you get should give you a good sense of how this architect would handle your custom project and whether or not it’s a good fit.

FAQ's

FAQ Part One: The Client Self-Assessment

This article is Part One of a three part Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) series. In this 3-part series we wanted to give you some advise of how to approach the new to you problem of beginning an architectural project. We will try to answer questions related to your self-assesment, initial interview with an architect and how to go over the design process of your project.

Housing Issues

Building a Sustainable, Healthy House: How to Make the Most of the Site Design

High-end residential design begins with site selection. This article will explain how to choose the best spot to build your new home using smart sustainability planning.

Housing Issues

Options to Consider: Premium Home Features

One of the best things about a custom home project, and also the most challenging, is the huge variety of options to choose from. We can help you create anything you have in mind, but a client’s desires are sometimes limited to what they have seen in other homes. In this article, we will explore some of the more common, as well as the lesser-known customization options available to you. To help you build your dream project, we have created this Premium Home Features list to help you gather and evaluate ideas and concepts.

Housing Issues

Layout Tips to Make Your Home Project a Success

Taking the time to understand clients and their needs is the most important thing an architect can do to ensure the success of any residential project. Every custom home is as unique as the family who will live in it, so the architect must always begin by getting to know the family: their values and personalities, how they will use the home, what their daily lives are like. This article describes the importance of private and public spaces and how to allocate them according to the family’s needs.

Housing Issues

Urban Infills: Modern Architecture, Flexible Living

Urban infill, also known as redevelopment or land recycling, is when new construction takes place to refresh or repurpose underused sites. But infill projects can be controversial if they aren’t a good fit in the neighborhood. How can architects balance their design aesthetic in the context of the surrounding environment? This article describes some factors to consider.

Housing Issues

Pet-friendly House: Residential Design Tips for a Dog Owner

If you have a dog or are planning to get one, you know that a dog is a member of the family. It’s natural to consider them when designing your new home. This article explains how an architect might design a home with a dog in mind: by planning customized indoor and outdoor spaces and implementing subtle pet-proofing design tips throughout the home.

Housing Issues

Urban Infills: General Benefits of Urban Densification

By now, if you’re looking for a new home, you’ve probably heard the word “infill” a few times. Infill generally refers to redevelopment in form of multi-family, semi-detached or single-family dwellings being built on vacant or underdeveloped parcels within previously built, serviced (i.e. schools, transit lines, emergency services, etc.) and established areas.