Architecture Blending urban living and modern workstyle in a single gesture
Our goal for TELUS Sky was to design an office building that would contribute to the Calgary core in a meaningful way. Calgary’s downtown is largely characterized by bland, corporate high rises. Against this background we set out to create something a little more feminine. A little finer grained.
“Architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings actually fit with the way we want to live our lives.” – Bjarke Ingels TELUS Sky Lead Architect, BIG
The base and bottom floors of the building are clean and rectangular resulting in efficient open office layouts. As the building rises the floor plates slowly reduce in size and pixilate providing opportunities for offices with small balconies and terraces and ultimately results in smaller residential floor plates with balconies. An LED lighting installation will illuminate the tower at night.
We also wanted to embrace the public space around the building, as well as the common space inside. A spectacular double height, glass encased lobby with a vertical atrium and wall garden, and vibrant new retail along Centre Street will create an impressive sense of arrival to Calgary’s best urban environment.
The best of two building types – the building is designed to seamlessly accommodate the transformation from working to living as the tower takes off from the ground to reach the sky.
The silhouette expresses the unification of the two uses in a single gesture – with rational straight lines composed to form a feminine figure. The result is both functional and incredibly expressive.
The texture of the building evolves from a smooth glass façade enclosing the work space to the three dimensional composition of apartments and balconies. An LED installation illuminates the building at night