GWH Construction Management Services Ltd.
419 Laidlaw Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3P 0K8
113 Cauchon Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3L 1X1
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Date Bid: Apr 2010 Construction Period: June 2010 to Dec
Total Square Feet: 3,206 Site: 4,000 square feet.
Number of Buildings: Two.
Building Size: Garage, 352; basement, 760; first floor, 1,114;
second floor, 980; total, 3,206 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 12’; basement, 8’; first floor, 10’;
second floor, 14’; total, 24’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Wood frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete. Exterior
Walls: Polycarbonate/sheet steel siding. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.
Mechanical Design/Build: Advance Mechanical, Inc. - Box 61 Group
336 RR No. 3, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3C 2E7
Electrical Design/Build: GREB Holding Ltd. - 224 Sharp Boulevard,
Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3J 2K4
The clients for this modern home had a few very specific requirements.
The first wish was to have plenty of natural light. The second wish was
to have clean, simple lines. The third, "Make it beautiful."
To respond to these wishes the designers conceived of the house from
inside to outside. A plan evolved that is very simple, with a centrally
located vertical circulation core around which the living spaces huddle.
The gesture of moving the "front" door to the side of the house
accomplished two objectives. By placing the door at this location the
door is on the sunny south facade allowing for natural light to enter
directly into the middle of the house. Secondly, this gesture stretches
the entrance sequence while using up space at the side of the house that
is often wasted space.
Window placement is essential to the feeling of the house. Each window
size and shape is carefully equated to maximize light gain, allowing the
house to breath with light. The operable windows are also carefully
considered to allow the house to breath with fresh air. The large
central street facing window essentially opens up a gap through which
the entire house can be viewed. From the inside this allows the owners
to enjoy their entire yard, front to back, ground to sky.
With the windows selected, and placed, the treatment of the facade was
the third design consideration. The chosen solutions resolved two
issues. The first issue involved using the skin of the building to
create a microclimate for the home. The polycarbonate panels are offset
from the white metal building skin by 20mm. This cavity is vented but
effectively provides a layer of still air against the house cutting down
drastically on the heat gain and loss through conduction. In the same
way a windbreaker works to keep one warm the polycarbonate skin keeps
wind off the house. The massive concrete wall acts like a giant
radiator. In winter this mass of concrete collects heat from the sun. In
summer, it spills heat during the night. The net effect is a reduction
in the spike between hot and cold providing the south facade with a more
constant moderate temperature.
The concrete wall and the polycarbonate panels also represent two
different thoughts with respect to what a home might be. The concrete is
stoic and stable, while the polycarbonate is ephemeral and whimsical,
constantly changing with different lighting patterns and colours. These
ideas come together to form a home.