Status: Lecture, Exhibition
Location: Calgary, Canada
Program: Office, Mixed Use, Retail, Plazas, Retrofit
Size: 260 000m2
Exhibition: Brutal Intentions - Building Curiosity
Lecture: Re: Education - Dtalks Iconomy, Pecha Kucha Volume 3
Team: Jessie Andjelic, Philip Vandermey
In 2013 SPECTACLE joined with two other Calgary firms to explore the possibility of maximizing the density of the CBE site while still maintaining this important architectural monument. Other contributors to the event included David Down, MODA, Nyhoff Architecture, Leanne Junnila, Lindsay Horan, Kyle May and Michael Abrahamson.
By creating three schemes, we were able to show that it is both possible and beneficial to preserve the existing building - preservation through development. City Gate brings together the disparate programs of the city into one vertical arrangement - the car is supplanted by the pedestrian. A large urban gate provides a monumental axial connection between the CBE and the new park.
City Gate combines combines a mix of functions, typically distributed throughout Calgary and connected primarily by the car, into a vertical pedestrian oriented mini-city.