Location: Medicine Hat,, AB

Year: 2009

Status: Complete

Type: Multi-Family Development

Client: Rinaldi

Brent and Edith Rinaldi have created a masterpiece by restoring
and renovating their historic residence on the river. From gilded
cornice, to marble and granite 􀃀 oors, to kitchen environment
second to none, this historic mansion provides commensurate
spaces to accommodate their exquisite art, sculpture, and historic
furniture collection.
When ARFAI was engaged to expand the residence to the south,
it was logical to open up the historic home by engaging the River
Valley. A glazed wall the full width of the home opens up the
living environment to the beauty of its natural setting punctuated
by a rhythm of columns. The overhang to the south with its ionic
colonnade is perfectly calibrated to the azimuth angles of the sun.
In conjunction with the full summer foliage, the overhang keeps
out the hot summer sun while allowing the winter sun to penetrate
through the 􀂿 lter of the branches providing optimally for all seasons.
The spectacular kitchen environment provides for gourmet
opportunities open to the sculpture gallery and the River Valley
beyond. A machined stainless steel and beveled glass railing
provides access to the lower level with unprecedented elegance.
The lower level is a continuation of the art collection augmented by
a collection of bicycles, another of Brent’s passions.
The most recent undertaking, presently underway, is the four
season conservatory planned for the upper-level deck environment
over the gallery space. This project will provide for spectacular
views from an elevated vantage point overlooking the River Valley.
The design of the conservatory enclosure will harken back to turnof-
the-century conservatory construction.

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