In the months since our last update, progress has been moving along nicely at the site of Allied Properties and Westbank's Telus Sky, the Bjarke Ingels Group- and Dialog Architects-designed 59-storey tower now underway in the heart of downtown Calgary. Recent photos on our Forum reveal the progress that has been made to date, with the tower now rising several storeys above grade and the development already beginning to take its place on the local skyline. 

Telus Sky on the rise, late September, image by Forum contributor Surrealplaces

Viewed above, Telus Sky will soon join the likes of Brookfield Place among the tallest towers in Calgary. Viewed from another angle below, Telus Sky can be seen from the corner, where the modern glass tower will soon dominate the local landscape. 

Telus Sky site, urban context, image by Forum contributor Surrealplaces

With much work yet to be done before the projected opening date in late 2017, the tower has another 50-plus storeys to go, though it is already beginning to change the local streetscape and immediate urban character of the area. The full effect of its impact at street level will soon be felt once the two-level retail podium opens to the public.

Construction close-up view, image by Forum contributor Surrealplaces

Once complete, the 221-metre Telus Sky will bring 25 floors of office space and 28 floors of residential space with 326 units online. The new mixed-use development will dramatically increase the urban density of the area, with a flood of new office workers and residents soon to move into the building. Also of note, the Telus Sky Lounge may become the new home of Calgary's Lost Gargoyles, as the whimsical remnants of the former Calgary Herald Building may be incorporated into the new structure. 

Telus Sky, as it will appear upon completion, image via Westbank

SkyriseCities will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.

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