Reach for the sky

BIG Architects will be designing one of Canada's tallest buildings, which is to become a vibrant community for urban living and working.

BIG Architects are reaching for the sky as they design a 58-storey skyscraper that will house a dynamic community of blended urban living and working.

Bjarke Ingels of BIG Architects has collaborated with Dialog and telecommunications company Telus in creating a new architectural landmark for downtown Calgary, Canada. The Telus Sky will transform the entire 7th Avenue block into one of the most technologically innovative and environmentally friendly sites in the country.

The 228 600 square-metre tower, of which 47 250 square-metres will be dedicated to Telus, will incorporate offices, retail spaces and residential unites. The building, with its vibrant mixed-use of space, will provide approximately 250 jobs for Calgarians, and engage local trades and companies to engage with environmentally friendly practices and sustainable implementations into their businesses.

"The Telus Sky is an attempt to create a lively mixture of living and working at the intersection of light-rail and arterial roads in the heart of the centre, to help create a more varied and walkable city for Calgary," says Ingels.

The tower will also incorporate a space dedicated to arts and culture through a 500 square-metre public gallery reserved for exhibitions by local artists.

Telus Sky is due for completion in late 2017. 

Watch the Talk with Bjarke Ingels