Stories like the unveiling of the Telus Sky Tower building in Calgary demonstrates how architectural design and environmental ideals can collaborate to create great things. The Sky Tower will be completed in 2017 and is designated as a mixed-use building that will provide office spaces on the lower levels, and as the architectural design tapers and twists towards the top, provide space for private residences. Architectural firm BIG and Dialog plan to use the roof as a sky garden.
As Calgary grows as a city, it’s great to see initiatives being taken to move towards more sustainability. Calgary’s downtown does not have a lot of residential living space and as such many people are required to commute downtown for work. The Sky Tower’s mixed-use design allows for residents to easily commute to their jobs, and with the tower being built right next to a light rail station, environmentally friendly commuting options are available. Telus Sky Tower aims to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
This is not the first time that Telus has endeavoured to create an environmentally sustainable building. Their recently developed building (built in 2010) in Toronto, the Telus House is at the LEED® Gold AAA standard. And much like the Telus Sky Tower, the Telus House was built adjacent to Toronto’s Union Station and provides connections to Toronto’s PATH system allowing commuters more environmentally friendly commuting options.
Let’s hope that this trend of environmentally friendly architectural design continues as we push our boundaries of increasing the sustainability of urban living.
Related links: Inhabitat’s story on the Telus Sky Tower
More information on Toronto’s Telus House
A video on the Telus Sky Tower