At 761,235 sqft this project is set to be big. Sitting at the corner of the 100 block of 7 Ave. SW it will become an impressive part of the city’s skyline.
The TELUS Sky combined team, including the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) with Dialog, are responsible for the proposed development. Talented architects, designers, builders, and thinkers in fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development have come together to create the sky-like design and inner workings of the TELUS Sky.
Winning numerous awards for his work, Bjarke Ingels the BIG Founding Partner, is the lead designer of the TELUS Sky. Bjarke is known for creating buildings that are innovative and beautifully unique while keeping in mind the resources and costs of the various projects.
The location of the building is on the once was Art Central, a building that was used for small local artists to have a space to showcase their creations.
Being close to the C-train provides an easy access for city transit commuters. TELUS Sky is a block away from Steven Avenue restaurants, and shopping. It is also a short walk from the river where one can relax at lunch and watch the river flow through the city. The development will be attached to the +15 increasing accessibility to downtown adjacent buildings.
Out of all the office space in the building roughly 1/3 of it will be dedicated to TELUS, as for the rest it remains undecided. Over 320 residential rental apartments will be a part of the development thus providing an increase in inner city living.
A feature that truly sets apart this building from similar structured buildings is that the TELUS sky building is 35 percent more energy-efficient.
TELUS Sky is said to be the first building in Calgary to meet LEED Platinum standards. TELUS Sky has done this in several ways, providing secured bike parking, showers and lockers to promote cycling as a main mode of transportation. There has been careful consideration of triple pane windows to reduce noise, energy bills and solar gain. As for heating they salvage waste energy to help heat the building and provide it with domestic hot water.
Other amazing features include their amenities. Music from a hand-made Fazioli piano, played by Calgary’s Royal Conservatory students, will ring throughout the first floor lobby. An atrium nine stories high connects the lobby to more than 15 levels and there is a planter wall overflowing with plants. There are also Cafés and restaurants planned for the building. Exercise is also a part of the building that does not go unnoticed. There will be a full range of health services like personal trainers, fitness classes and massage therapy.
The completion of TELUS sky is set for 2017.