17th Avenue Seniors Residences

Client – Rick Balbi Architecture

Location – Calgary, AB

Date – Completed in 2018

818 studio prepared development permit drawings for an urban seniors housing facility in Calgary, AB.


  • The design created spaces that are beautiful and functional, and bring a better quality of life to the seniors at the housing complex.
  • The key components are two sunken courtyards between the three buildings that serve as community gathering areas with gardening opportunities for the residents.
  • The planting in the courtyards is both along the ground and held in raised planters, creating a sense of depth and variation through the courtyards.
  • The courtyards also feature hard surfaced areas to facilitate multi modal options (walkers, scooters, etc), and provide both sunny and shaded seating areas