BIG Telus Sky Tower
I’ve written a lot about my love for Bjarke Ingels Group and how the Danish architecture firm has re-conceived the built environment and urban planning for the 21st century. I had the pleasure of hearing Bjarke Ingels speak last year when he publicly launched plans for a residential tower in Vancouver, but it seems that his Canadian reach isn’t limited to this project as he has just released designs for a mixed-use tower in Calgary’s downtown core being developed by Westbank Corp. While I know it’s often more economical for big developers to commission the same old glass office tower that already populates the city, I find it heartening that big business in both Vancouver and Calgary is turning to innovative and creative thinkers like Ingels to help them reshape these urban cores and create meaningful architecture in their cities. Ingels’ design for the Telus Sky Tower in Calgary is a twisting, 58-storey sculptural object that provides office space on the lower floors before tapering to accomodate condos and a sky garden on the top. This mixed-use structure is part of a larger project to invigorate Calgary’s downtown area and crate a more inhabitable, walkable city. The Telus Sky Tower is scheduled for completion in 2017.
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