Client Battistella Developments Location Calgary, AB | Size 16,600m2 | Completion 2008
Injecting colour and energy into a vibrant downtown neighbourhood.
Colours was a key component in the reemergence of 1st street as a vibrant, pedestrian friendly street of shops and restaurants – the result of a forward-thinking neighborhood plan that came to fruition through the efforts of a small number of committed community residents with the support of the City of Calgary. The tower reinvigorated the street with playful colours, street level retail, and a more pedestrian scaled street environment; the undulating face of storefronts, set back slightly from the property line and sheltered by a canopy, provides modulated spaces for seating for the restaurants and cafés within. With no stairs to building entrances, the transition from sidewalk to interior is smooth and direct.
At a larger urban scale, the residential tower is tapered to the corners to soften the scale of its floor plates and orient views to the mountains and city skyline. The red colour of the building core is visible throughout the building’s height, serving to mark the entry to the residences on 13th Avenue. On the south side, a garden on the roof of the plinth features a planted wall that will climb a full storey, which, like the coloured glass screen, will turn a potentially bland face into a visual amenity.