Architecture Walking Tour of Calgary

 

Urban design tourism, its becoming popular.  Many cities around the world are investing billions in wacky new architecture and Calgary is just one of many cities on joining the band wagon.

Currently we have two major projects in progress, The Telus Sky project and the new Central Library.  These international designs join a host of other major projects since 2000.

Take a Walk and check it out...

National Music Centre, 2016 - 850 - 4 Street SE

  1. changes colour with the angle of the sun
  2. inspired by musical instruments
  3. sky bridge over 4th Street SE
  4. designed by Portland's, Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architeture

The Bow Tower, 2011 - 500 Centre Street S

  1. inspired by the bend in our Bow River as it flows thru downtown
  2. designed by London's Sir Norman Foster

Wonderland Sculpture, 2011 - 110 - 6 Avenue SE

  1. head of a young girl sits in the plaza in front of the Bow Tower
  2. designed by Spain's Jaume Plensa

Brookfield Place, East Tower, 2018 - 1st and 2nd Street and 6th and 7th Avenue SW

  1. at 247 metres it is now Calgary's tallest building
  2. rounded glass corners it dominates the skyline
  3. designed by Arney Fender Katsalidis, London architects

The Core, 2012 - 333 Seventh Ave SW

  1. world's largest point supported structural glass skylight - 26 metres wide and 200 metre long

Stephen Avenue Galleria Trees, 2000 - 8th Avenue SW between 2nd and 3rd Streets

  1. trees and an unfortunate earlier nickname "pooper scoopers"
  2. originally to be more slender in the base to really show the tree shape, they were bulked up in case they were ever hit by a vehicle
  3. designed by Ric Singleton and the Trizec Hahn Design team

Eight Avenue Place, East Tower, 2011 - 525 Eighth Ave SW

  1. inspired by the Rockies
  2. designed by American Architects Pickard Chilton

707 Fifth - 2017 - 707 - 5th Street SW

  1. 27 floors
  2. designed by Chicago's SOM Architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
    • they are considered leaders in international style glass tower

Fourth Street LRT Station - 2012 - 4th St and 7th Ave SW

  1. contemporary sculpture
  2. eight horses galloping across the park representing our past and our future as well as paying homage to the Calgary Stampede, First Nations and Spruce Meadows
  3. designed by Calgary's Jeremy Sturgess
  4. take close look as miniature images of our western heritage are integrated into each horse

Centrium Place, 2007 - 332 Sixth Ave SW

  1. inspired by the famous Dutch artist Piet Mondrian
  2. designed by Calgary's Gibbs Gage architects

Jamieson Place - 2009 - 4th Ave and 2nd Street SW

  1. designed by Calgary's Gibbs Gage architects
  2. Plus 15 level is home to 3 hanging glass sculptures by the world famous glass artist, Dale Chihuly

Peace Bridge - 2012

  1. double helix structure
  2. the color red is a link to our famous sports teams, the Calgary Tower as well red signified "good luck" in Chinese culture.
  3. designed by Santiago Calatrava

East Village Riverwalk - 2011

  1. pedestrian promenade extending from Centre Street to Fort Calgary on the Bow and Elbow Rivers
  2. designed by Statnec's Calgary office

George C King Bridge, 2014

  1. nicknamed the "Skipping Stone" bridge as the arches reflect a stone skipping over the river
  2. designed by French firm, RFR and Calgary's Halsall Associates

St. Patrick's Island Park  - 2015 - 1300 Zoo Rd NE

  1. Urban playground with a pebble beach, picnic area, pathways, playgrounds and places to sit and take it all in
  2. Designed by Denver based Civitas and New York based W Architecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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