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.
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.
The development also opens up new residential, retail, and commercial space on the lower end of Robson Street. The existing historic Kingston Hotel remains untouched, tucked between the office and residential towers.
Glotman•Simpson’s challenge on this project involved designing TELUS Garden’s aesthetic centrepiece, the 220′ arched canopy along the entire length of one side of the building. Cantilevered, asymmetrical, glulam ribs projects 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 end result is as dramatic as it is stunning, the canopy has become the centrepiece of this city-blocked sized development.
Images: © Bob Matheson, © Robert Stefanowicz