Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Governor General's Medals in Architecture — 2018 Recipient

Parallelogram House
East St. Paul,
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

5468796 Architecture

Lead design architect(s): 

Sasa Radulovic, FRAIC and Aynslee Hurdal, MRAIC

Occupancy: 2014
Construction Budget: $900,000

Situated on a suburban street in a bedroom community north of Winnipeg, the Parallelogram House stands in contrast to its stucco-clad neighbours. The skewed floor plan opens the home to a panoramic view of the tree-filled backyard and preserves the site’s southern exposure. The house is a response to the run-of-the-mill houses beside it – an attempt to introduce architectural rigour into unlikely surroundings. Together, the dark palette of wood and steel ground this quiet residence into the landscape. During construction, the house was a concern for many nearby residents. However, its quiet repose has won over most of them.

Jury Comment(s): 

"At once radical and subtle, Parallelogram House experiments with the context of ordinary suburban architecture. Its diagonal facades front and back afford more expansive and yet more private view lines than the ubiquitous and non-private in-line siting of houses in residential neighbourhoods.  Its use of steel fins provides a provocative alternative both in material and form to the predictable and banal materials that are more common to the programme. This is domestic architecture that challenges its paradigm, and yet with its single-story height and earth-toned façade, it maintains a low profile."

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Photo: James Brittain Photography

Photo: James Brittain Photography

Photo: 5468796 Architecture

Photo: 5468796 Architecture

Photo: 5468796 Architecture