TELUS Garden office, part of the million square foot, mixed-use TELUS Garden development is not your run of the mill office tower. In every way it has been designed to inspire the workforce that will ultimately inhabit its walls, from advanced environmental sustainability features (it will be Vancouver’s first LEED Platinum office tower), to leading communications technology befitting a building that bears the TELUS name. The office tower features a custom grand piano intended for music events and performances in the lobby and plaza.
Ian Gillespie, the visionary leader behind Westbank - the city's preeminent development company - commissioned Gregory Henriquez to design the TELUS Garden building and a one of a kind Fazioli piano to be a centre piece for their lobby. An unusual feature for an office building, the piano enlivens the public realm inside and out and adds to the urban theatre in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Probably now one of the city's most visible pianos, it can be clearly seen by the 80,000 daily passersby on West Georgia - between Seymour and Richards.
Gregory drew inspiration for the design from the design of the office building. Rather than opting for traditional black, Gregory chose a natural wood finish, echoing the dramatic, sculptural glulam beams of the expansive plaza canopy. The legs supporting the piano mimic the distinctive V-shaped concrete structural supports that are an integral part of the tower’s design. And in a nod to the high-tech features of TELUS Garden office, the inside panel of the lid will be mirrored, providing viewers with a clear view of Fazioli’s expert craftsmanship.
Renowned Vancouver architect Gregory Henriquez tells the story of the creation of the city's newest high-profile art case piano: The Fazioli in the beautiful new lobby of the Telus Gardens building.