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Architecture

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.

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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 Public Art lighting installation will illuminate the tower at night.

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.

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.

“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, Founder of BIG

Founding Partner
Bjarke Ingels

Bjarke Ingels started BIG Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious. Bjarke has received numerous awards and honors, including Wall Street Journal's Innovator of the Year Award, the Danish Crown Prince’s Culture Prize in 2011, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004, and the ULI Award for Excellence in 2009. In 2016, TIME Magazine named Bjarke one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Alongside his architectural practice, Bjarke taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He is a frequent public speaker and has spoken in venues such as TED, WIRED, AMCHAM, 10 Downing Street, and the World Economic Forum.

Westbank Commissions
King Street, 2022
Vancouver House, 2019
TELUS Sky, 2019
Serpentine Pavilion, 2016

 

Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG)

With offices in Copenhagen and New York, BIG is a group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. TELUS Sky’s lead designer is BIG Founding Partner, the internationally renowned Bjarke Ingels – named ‘Innovator of the Year’ for architecture by the Wall Street Journal in 2011.

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Dialog

Dialog is a fully integrated architectural, engineering, interior design, urban design and planning firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to design, Dialog embraces complex challenges such as healing patients with fewer staff; improving passenger experiences while reducing airport carbon footprints; and revitalizing abandoned urban neighbourhoods.

dialogdesign.ca