The Bow, a 237m tower designed by Foster+Partners, will officially open this week. It will be the tallest building in Calgary and the tallest in Canada outside Toronto’s CN Tower.
The new development will be the new joint headquarters of natural gas and oil firm Encana and oil company Cenovus. Anchored by a public base of retail units and restaurants, the tower curves inwards, facing south to exploit the strong daylight while maximizing the perimeter for cellular offices with views of the Rocky Mountains.
As Nigel Dancey, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners explains: “The tower’s form was shaped by the unique Calgary climate – facing south, the building curves to define a series of spectacular light-filled six-storey atria, with mature sky gardens, cafes and meeting areas, which bring a vital social dimension to the floor.
“This principle extends to the base of the tower, which is highly permeable with a +15 enclosed bridge connection to downtown, an atrium of shops and cafes and a fantastic new plaza. Every aspect, from the raised floors to the diagrid structure, is designed to be highly efficient. The Bow is a bold new symbol for Calgary, and is testament to the strength of our team and the excellent local relationships.”