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TELUS SKY

Location: Calgary, Canada

Status: Under Construction

The TELUS SKY tower is designed to seamlessly accommodate the transformation from working to living as the tower takes off from the ground to reach the sky. The large floor plates for workplaces recede to achieve the slender dimensions of residential floor depths. The texture of the façade in a similar fashion evolves from a smooth glass façade enclosing the work space to a three dimensional composition of apartments and balconies. The resultant silhouette expresses the unification of the two programs in a single gesture in rational straight lines.

 

View inside the TELUS Sky office lobby looking towards the 11-storey atrium that separates the tower from the adjacent building.

As seen from this “Hockey Night in Canada” view, the silhouette of TELUS Sky expresses the unification of the two programs in a single gesture to create a feminine figure within the masculine skyline of Calgary.

While TELUS Sky is reminiscent of Vancouver House and has been described by some as the ‘upside-down’ version of the tower, it is the result of an idea Bjarke Ingels calls “Bigamy”:
“Quite often the potential for innovation is to explore seeming mutually exclusive concepts. As soon a you mix things and explore the overlaps between programs you can explore synergies.”

This 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 large floor plates for workplaces recede to achieve the slender dimensions of residential floor depths as well as balconies.

Looking West from Centre Street, the lower 3 floors are comprised of the office and residential lobbies and retail space. At the base of the tower, select pixels have been extruded to enhance the arrival experience at the corner of Centre Street and 7th Avenue.

Hundreds of thousands of LED lights have been integrated into the building façade of TELUS Sky, which is the platform for Doug Coupland’s public art installation.

A photograph of Doug Coupland during a mockup of the lit façade in 2017. The colouring and patterning of the lights in this photograph were designed by Doug and named “Doug Random”.

A view of the TELUS Sky podium facing the main entry point at the corner of Centre Street and 7th Avenue.

Small scale study models from 2012 which allow BIG to revisit the evolution of the project at any given time.

A photograph of Doug Coupland in 2017 from an adjacent terrace during a mockup of the lit façade.