Council approves twin towers
225 SIXTH is a proposed full-block commercial development located between 1st & 2nd Streets and 6th & 7th Avenues SW in downtown Calgary. This block represents one of the best remaining undeveloped sites in the city and affords Brookfield the opportunity to create another landmark development that significantly contributes to the public realm. Brookfield has recently submitted a development permit application and continues to work closely with City officials and administration on finalizing the vision for the full-block development.
The proposed development, consisting of 2.8 million square feet, includes the tallest structure in downtown Calgary at 56 storeys and 247 meters tall to be located at the northeast corner of the block. A second tower of 42 storeys will be located on the northwest corner. Situated between the towers is a spectacular three-storey, 50,000-square-foot transparent glass pavilion, connecting the grade-level open space to the +15 pedestrian skywalk system. The pavilion touches the site lightly and sets itself away from the towers, while enclosing an internal civic square, which will be programmed year round.
The contemporary modernist architecture of the towers provides maximum transparency through a clear glass skin.
The plaza, at over one-half acre, promises to be a significant addition to the evolving downtown public realm. Creating a dramatic arrival experience for those working in and visiting the new office towers, the proposed plaza will see a steady stream of foot traffic, much of it headed to and from the LRT on 7th Avenue SW. Landscaping complements the architecture and augments the function of the plaza which faces south to take advantage of the sun year-round.
Retail opportunities will be provided along the west, south and east edges of the plaza, complementing the existing retail presence of the Hudson’s Bay store. Cafés and restaurants are easily accommodated, with activity spilling out to animate the plaza.
The public space is designed to be well used and appreciated by downtown employees and shoppers, coupled with significant programmed activity, public art and cultural events that will contribute to the vitality of the downtown throughout the week. The high building lobbies will provide visual connections to the plaza, and connections to 6th Avenue SW and the City’s major destinations.
Brookfield has committed that all of its new developments will be sustainably designed to achieve LEED® Gold Core and Shell or higher and 225 SIXTH is no exception. Brookfield's two most recent developments in Canada, Bankers Court in Calgary and Bay Adelaide Centre in Toronto, were certified LEED® Gold Core and Shell in 2009.
Sustainable design features expected to be included are as follows;
• Energy efficient lighting and control systems
• High efficiency mechanical equipment
• Low flow washroom fixtures
• Bicycle racks, storage and shower facilities
• Auto sharing, car pooling and electric plug-in parking facilities
• Well served by public transportation
• Management and retention of storm water
• Water efficient irrigation & drought resistant plant species
• High efficient curtain wall system
• Use of recycled materials
• Construction waste diversion away from landfills
• Reduction of heat island effects
• A green housekeeping program