Comprising the full city block of Robson, Seymour, Richards and Georgia Streets, TELUS Garden is home to TELUS national headquarters, incorporating a LEED Platinum 22 storey signature office tower and a 46 storey, 450 unit residential tower built to LEED Gold standards.
The new headquarters features 10,000 square feet of green roof space providing organic produce for local restaurants, two elevated rooftop forests, British Columbia artwork, and media walls where cultural events are broadcast to the public. The development opens residential, retail, and commercial space on the lower end of Robson Street, while leaving the historic Kingston Hotel untouched, tucked between the office and residential towers.
A site wide geo-exchange utility captures the immense heat generated from the TELUS Hub – which houses all the telephone lines in the Province – and stores it in the ground to be used for hot water heating in the residential tower.
Glotman•Simpson’s challenge on this project involved designing TELUS Garden’s aesthetic centre piece, the 220’ arched canopy along the entire length of one side of the building. Cantilevered, asymmetrical, glulam ribs project from the canopy’s steel spine that anchor only at either end. The engineering behind this achievement was extremely complex and installation required close collaboration. The canopy has become the centre piece of this city-blocked sized development.
Images: © Bob Matheson, © Robert Stefanowicz