New York-based nArchitects just unveiled their first Canadian project - a zig-zagging mixed-use building located on a prominent site on the Bow River in Calgary. The M2 building was designed in collaboration with local architect Riddell Kurczaba, and it aims to strengthen civic connections between the city and the new pedestrian RiverWalk.
The 20,000-square-foot building occupying a quarter-acre lot east of the historic Simmons Building will contain two restaurants on the ground floor and offices and large terraces on the upper floors. The building recedes gently upwards on the RiverWalk side, culminating in a sloping roof on the fourth floor. Its zig-zagging form was developed in accordance with local zoning requirements and the need to reduce shadows cast on the adjacent riverfront promenade. Taking the design further, the architects created various spaces that take advantage of large terraces and provide informal seating arrangements.
M2 is expected to break ground in 2016, and the building is part of a larger development which will include the River Walk, St. Patrick’s Island, the New Central Library, the National Music Centre and an urban shopping center. The area will be home to more than 11,000 residents.