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Calgary-based design firm, Sturgess Architecture is one of Canada’s leading architecture and urban design firms. For over 30 years, the company has been recognized for their creative energy in innovation, appropriateness to context, sustainability, and economic efficiency.
Creative energy is what moves Sturgess Architecture to excel in the development of innovative architecture. The drive to create unique publicly renowned buildings across Western Canada and around the world will continue to be a company value for years to come. Below are a few of the many projects Sturgess Architecture developed within the Calgary region.
The Glacier Skywalk
Recently, in collaboration with RJC Consulting Engineers, the company designed The Glacier Skywalk, earning the winner spot for both, the Jury prize and the Popular Choice award in the Architecture & Engineering category of the Architizer A+ Awards.
The Glacier Skywalk is a 1,500-foot-long interpretive walk carved and folded into the mountainous landscape of Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies. The project's glass infrastructure is 918 feet above the Sunwapta Valley, allowing visitors to overlook and experience the landscape in its natural form.
For more information, view full details on the Glacier Skywalk design here.
The Bow Tower Urban Design
In collaboration with Foster & Partners and GGN Landscape Architects, the Bow office tower was created as a landmark within Downtown Calgary. The Bow Tower is 158,000 square-metre high with 58 stories, making it one of the tallest buildings within the city of Calgary.
Sturgess Architecture's engagement in this project was to act as Master Planner, critically reviewing urban design and street level issues specific to Calgary and the site. The company was also responsible for administration and coordination of the Development Permit Process for the project.
As shown in the banner photo above, the Bow Tower significantly stands out among the other buildings that make up Calgary's skyline.
7th Avenue LRT Refurbishment
In 2008, the design of the 7th Avenue LRT Refurbishment project, created in association with Graham Edmunds Architecture Landscape, was recognized by the National Urban Design Awards with the Certificate of Merit.
The City of Calgary and Calgary Transit crafted a master plan for the redesign of 10 stations along 7th Avenue in a 16-block area of downtown Calgary. The first phase one of the project began with Calgary's 1st Street SW LRT Station. The 1st Street SW station's design now features a predominant canopy and shelter structure made of glass and steel, where all future 7th Ave stations will follow suit.
Creative energy is what moves Sturgess Architecture to excel in innovative architecture.