Telus Sky Tower is a 59-story, 222.3 m (729 ft) mixed-use skyscraper in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Designed by the architectural firm Bjarke Ingels Group, the building has a pixelated facade that twists diagonally from its base and “stands like a lady in a cluster of cowboys”. Text description provided by the architects. Telus Sky is designed to seamlessly accommodate the transition from working to living as the tower takes off from the ground to reach the sky. The base and lower floors of the mixed-use tower are clean and rectangular, resulting in large efficient layouts for workspace.
Telus Sky Tower has a pixelated facade that twists diagonally from its base and “stands like a lady in a cluster of cowboys”
As the building rises, the floor plates gradually reduce in size, stepping back to provide slender residential floor plates with nested balconies. In a similar fashion, the texture of the façade evolves from smooth glass at the base of the building to a three-dimensional composition of protrusions and recesses. The resultant form expresses the unification of the two programs in a single gesture – rational straight lines compsoed to form a feminine silhouette. Surrounded by blocky skyscrapers occupied by petroleum companies, Telus stands like a lady in a cluster of cowboys.