The design of Azuridge was informed by the historic architecture of Canadian Pacific Railway’s Rocky Mountain train stations.
An earthy blend of indigenous Rundle rock and timber beam construction echoes the majesty of the nearby mountains, and confident use of texture and architectural detailing has created environments that are both welcoming and dramatic.
Each structure sits aside a sweeping stone wall that encircles the property, linking them to the heart of the estate and the soul of entertaining and gracious hospitality, the kitchen of Sapphire Hall.
Azuridge is recognized by the Alberta Association of Architects as a Significant Property.
THE HISTORY OF OUR PROPERTY
Azuridge rests atop 13 acres of rolling foothills in Priddis Alberta. Although only a few kilometers from Calgary, Priddis has remained a quiet and peaceful escape that boasts homestead ranches and family retreats.
Originally built in 1997 by local entrepreneur Mogens Smed, the impressive residence, that is now Azuridge, was inspired by the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway and has been likened to some of the grand historic railway stations. One of the most notable features includes the floor to ceiling windows in the main hall that were added to provide an awe-inspiring panorama of the foothills.
The name “Azuridge” is inspired by Alberta’s brilliant blue skies, they were drawn to the word “Azure,” referencing the mineral Azurite known for its stunning blue/green colour. The “ridge” component was added because Azuridge is situated on a ridge to have maximum view of the Alberta foothills. Azurite mineral is also known as the “stone of heaven,” which captures its unique qualities of “Azuridge.”
Azuridge opened to the public on January 1, 2012. Word quickly spread of this hidden gem tucked away in the Alberta foothills and it soon welcomed a mix of international famous faces drawn to its seclusion and spirit, returning local guests who’ve grown to consider Azuridge a home away from home, and corporate retreats eager to connect in complete seclusion.