BIG is making headway in Canada with a brand new LEED Platinum residential and office tower for downtown Calgary. Located in the heart of the city right next to a light rail station and the Foster + Partners-designed Bow Skyscraper, the Telus Sky Tower provides office space on the lower floors, then tapers and twists to accommodate private residences and a sky garden up top. The new eco tower will help create a more vibrant and walkable city center.
BIG is collaborating with the Canadian architecture firm Dialog to design the mixed-use tower for the developer Westbank Corp. Calgary is a rapidly growing city and features cluster or towers in the downtown area surrounded by low-density suburban housing. Lots of people work in downtown, but not many live there, so the idea is to invigorate the area with a new residential and commercial development.
The Telus Sky Tower will be located on the 7th Avenue block in downtown Calgary and situated directly next to a light rail line. A close connection with transportation ensures that workers and residents have easy access to and from the building. The lower floor plates are standard building size to accommodate traditional and larger office floor plans. As the building grows in height it gradually tapers to a slimmer width more suitable for private residences that allow in more daylighting. The exterior also twists and extrudes to create pixelated private balconies. Meanwhile the roof is used as a sky garden.
Telus Sky is expected to be complete in the fall of 2017 and will aim for LEED Platinum certification.