Behind the design: Q&A with the architect of ARRIVE at Sage Meadows

We recently interviewed Trent Letwiniuk, Principal at Gravity Architecture and the chief architect behind our community, ARRIVE at Sage Meadows. Trent co-founded Gravity Architecture with his partner Stephen Barnecut in 2014, and the company has since grown to a staff of 15. Gravity Architecture specializes in residential architecture with a focus on mixed-use and multi-residential projects. The team has extensive experience in all Calgary contexts, and takes pride in efficiently finding creative and buildable solutions for its clients.

How would you describe the style of the architecture in ARRIVE at Sage Meadows?

We were inspired by Scandinavian modernism to create a clean aesthetic comprised of simple, elegant forms and high-quality materials aimed to resonate with buyers of all ages.

What influenced and inspired your work on ARRIVE at Sage Meadows?

We designed a contemporary, high-quality community that met Partners Development Group’s goal of providing a variety of attached housing types to serve various aspects of the market within one development.

What are your favourite elements of the community?

I’m particularly pleased with how the split-level design we created for the units along the north edge (136th Avenue NW) produced dramatic floor plans while effectively managing the grade transitions. It’s an example of how challenging site conditions don’t need to compromise design.

Partners has become known for creating communities with good amenities and spaces for homeowners to gather and become friends. How will ARRIVE at Sage Meadows continue that legacy?

Arrive at Sage Meadows provides excellent pedestrian pathways, allowing safe and intuitive connections to adjacent transit and amenities. We’ve also incorporated two playgrounds; a large central playground and a smaller tot lot. The community also features three large landscaped green spaces with mature trees, and a fenced community garden equipped with water, power, and storage.

What was it like working with Greg and the team at Partners?

Partners holds themselves accountable to every one of their customers and we appreciate their commitment to finding best-outcomes. Greg and the Partners team have a contagious passion for building high-quality, sustainable communities that make them a pleasure to work with.

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