In a world defined by technological transformation, driven by innovation and guided by creativity, the built environment in Calgary needs to evolve to recognize the transformation to an information-based economy.
In order to thrive in the future, cities must adapt to accommodate the creative industry firms that will form the foundation of our future economic growth. Calgary is young, diverse and dynamic. It is an emerging tech hub, with thousands of creatives and innovators living and working around the city. This project is the chance to work at the heart of the action, in a work environment designed to meet your needs. The future of work is integrated, transit-oriented, central, sustainable, open, and flexible; the future of this workspace in Calgary is downtown.
TELUS Sky is the opportunity to be at the forefront of a transformative shift in Calgary’s work culture. This building will be active, vibrant and engaged 24/7, 365; the people who work, live or visit here will form a community that will bring the project to life, day and night.
TELUS Sky features a fully programmable public art installation by author/artist Doug Coupland, titled Northern Lights, which extends the length of the south façade. Using integrated LED lighting wrapped around each the window frame or “pixel” of the building, Coupland has created a series of animation sequences which illuminate the project. The animations create patterns of colour and light designed to complement the building’s curved skin and mineralogical underlying structure, transforming the project into a living sculpture, that reflects the beauty of constant change.
TELUS Sky is another collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group, another LEED Platinum showcase, a landmark public art installation and simply, a game changing project for Calgary. Soon corporate downtown will be defined by a new silhouette on the skyline, shaped by a double program of living and working; the compact volume for working slimming to become a slender tower for living.
TELUS Sky is at once layered and holistically designed, a total work of art. It is not only an intervention; it is the physical embodiment of creative disruption. The only cowgirl in a city of Cowboys. There will not be another project like this in the City of Calgary.