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16JUN 2013

Tower opens in Calgary / Norman Foster

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The Bow is the city’s tallest building Foster & Partners has competed a 237m tower in downtown Calgary in Canada.

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The Bow is the city’s tallest building and Canada’s tallest tower outside Toronto. The tower is south-facing, curving towards the sun to take advantage of daylight and heat, while maximising the views of the Rocky Mountains.

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The base of the tower includes shops, restaurants and cafes as well as a landscaped plaza. The office floors are punctuated by three six-storey sky gardens and enclosed walkways which encourage natural ventilation.

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These feature mature trees, meetings rooms and cafe spaces, with an additional auditorium at the top of the building. Nigel Dancey, senior partner at Foster & Partners, said:“The tower’s form was shaped by the unique Calgary climate […] Every aspect, from the raised floors to the diagrid structure, is designed to be highly efficient.

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” “The Bow is a bold new symbol for Calgary, and is testament to the strength of our team and excellent local relationships.”.

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