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Height: Occupied
216.7 m / 711 ft
 
Height: To Tip
237.4 m / 779 ft
Height: Architectural
237.4 m / 779 ft
 
The Bow Outline
Floors Above Ground
57
Floors Below Ground
6
# of Elevators
39
Top Elevator Speed
7.11 m/s
Tower GFA
199,781 m² / 2,150,425 ft²
Development GFA
304,781 m² / 3,280,635 ft²
# of Parking Spaces
1,360

Facts

Official Name The Bow
Other Names EnCana Headquarters
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country Canada
City Calgary
Street Address & Map 510 Centre Street SW
Building Function office
Structural Material steel
Proposed 2005
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2012
Official Website The Bow
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #383 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #67 Tallest in North America
National Ranking #7 Tallest in Canada
City Ranking #1 Tallest in Calgary

Companies Involved

Owner H+R Reit
Developer Matthews Southwest
Architect
Design Foster + Partners
Architect of Record Zeidler Partnership Architects
Structural Engineer
• (not specified) Halcrow Yolles
MEP Engineer
• (not specified) Cosentini
Main Contractor Ledcor Construction Ltd.
Other Consultant
• Acoustics Cerami Associates
• Energy Concept Transsolar
• Interiors Gensler
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company

About The Bow

The Bow is the first phase of a mixed-use master plan for the regeneration of two entire city blocks on the east side of Centre Street, a major axis through downtown Calgary. Providing a headquarters for a major energy company, its form was shaped by both environmental and organizational analysis. The tower faces south, curving toward the sun to take advantage of daylight and heat, while the resulting bow-shaped plan that gives the tower its name maximizes the perimeter for cellular offices with views of the Rocky Mountains.

The aerodynamic crescent shape significantly reduces exterior wind resistance, downdrafts and urban wind tunnels to create a comfortable public plaza at the tower’s base. At the front of the building, the arc-shaped form helps to define a large civic space. The south-facing plaza will create a popular public space for use all year round. The Bow is significant in terms of the lateral connections it establishes with the surrounding buildings at its lower levels. Calgary is criss-crossed by a system of enclosed walkways which offers a retreat from the city’s harsh winters; the tower is fused to these routes at three points. The second floor is open to the public and integrates shops and cafes. Forming the only public connection over Centre Street, the scheme completes a vital link in the downtown network.

Inside, the shape generates a floor plan that maximizes views and natural light, while providing a flexible, open workspace for its occupants. Where the building curves inwards, the glazed façade is pulled forward to create a series of atria that run the full height of the tower. Three sky gardens, which project into the atria at levels 24, 42 and 54, promote collaboration and bring a social dimension to the office spaces. The gardens feature mature trees, seating, meeting rooms, and local lift cores – at each lobby, passengers travel to local groups of elevators, which serve all the floors within each “garden-level” building zone. This combination of elevator strategy and the incorporation of high-level green spaces encourages interaction and reasserts the social hubs that rise vertically through the building. At level 54, the building features a large 200-seat auditorium.

The atria provide an opportunity for several sustainable strategies that help reduce energy consumption. These spaces act as climatic buffer zones, insulating the building and helping to reduce energy consumption by approximately 30 percent. Excess heat from the office floors is channeled into the atria, while at the same time the sun’s energy (given the atrium’s orientation) is harnessed. The atrium spaces act as a buffer zone between offices adjacent to the atrium and the exterior atrium glass wall, dramatically reducing energy consumption and the need for heating/cooling by exhausting heat upwards in summer and trapping heat in winter. Offices adjacent to the atrium have the ability to open windows into the atrium during the mild seasons.

The orientation of the tower plays a critical role in the reduction of energy consumption. As the atrium façade of the towers faces south-southwest, the tower consumes 11 percent less energy for heating and cooling over the course of a year compared to towers with an atrium façade facing north. Even though the façade is oriented in the direction where the cooling requirement is highest, the solar energy received during the winter season compensates and actually reduces the overall energy requirement.

From a structural standpoint, this is the first time that a triangular diagrid has been applied to a curved skyscraper in North America. The structural system provides superior structural efficiency, while the diagonal and vertical steel frame reduces the overall weight of the steel, and thus the number and size of interior columns, while helping to break down the scale of the building visually.

CTBUH Initiatives

Foster + Partners Present on The Bow
6 Nov 2013 – Awards Symposium Video

CTBUH Releases Case Study on The Bow
Aug 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper

CTBUH Research: Canada Grows Taller
Nov 2012 – CTBUH Research

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to The Bow

Foster + Partners Present on The Bow
6 Nov 2013 – Awards Symposium Video & PPT
The winner of the Best Tall Building Americas award, The Bow is stunning as a form and functions well from an environmental and urban standpoint. It serves as a rare example of an iconic design…
CTBUH Releases Case Study on The Bow
Aug 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The Bow is the latest and most ambitious high-rise development in the Canadian city of Calgary. The client’s aim was to create a world-class building that would be a defining landmark on the city’s…
CTBUH Research: Canada Grows Taller
Nov 2012 – CTBUH Research
Twenty-six buildings taller than 150 meters have been built in Canada since 2005 and it added four buildings taller than 200 meters in 2012, the most ever in a single year.
Paper on The Bow's Unique Diagrid Structural System by Halcrow Yolles
Mar 2008 – Conference Paper
The Bow features a distinctive design that not only caters to occupants and surrounding residents, but also reduces energy consumption compared to a conventional tower.
Halcrow Yolles Presents on The Bow
2 Mar 2008 – Conference Video
Barry Charnish, Halcrow Yolles presented the new 59 story “Bow” project for EnCana Corporation at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. Once complete, it will be the tallest building in Calgary and…

Global News

Construction Launched on Brookfield Place Calgary
30 Oct 2013 – Construction has begun on Brookfield Place Calgary…

The Bow Celebrates Its Grand Opening in Calgary
6 Jun 2013 – After being partially open for a few months…

Videos

Best Tall Building Americas: The Bow: Curvature, Sky Gardens & Diagrids
6 Nov 2013 – Jack Matthews, Matthews Southwest

CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Dinner
6 Nov 2013 – Dinner 2013

Interview: The Bow
6 Nov 2013 – Jack Matthews, Matthews Southwest

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Videos Related to The Bow

Best Tall Building Americas: The Bow: Curvature, Sky Gardens & Diagrids
6 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Jack Matthews, Matthews Southwest; Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners
The winner of the Best Tall Building Americas award, The Bow is stunning as a form and functions well from an environmental and urban standpoint. It serves as a rare…
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Dinner
6 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2013
The 12th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe's iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. The 2013 "Best Tall…
Interview: The Bow
6 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Jack Matthews, Matthews Southwest; Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners
Jack Matthews and Nigel Dancey discuss The Bow, the Best Tall Building Americas Winner. The stunning form is discussed as a response to the site and program needs as well…
The Bow: Unique Diagrid Structural System for a Sustainable Tall Building
2 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Barry Charnish & Terry McDonnell, Halcrow Yolles
Barry Charnish, Halcrow Yolles presented the new 59 story “Bow” project for EnCana Corporation at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. Once complete, it will be the…

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Research Papers

Case Study: The Bow, Calgary
Aug 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue III

Tall Buildings in Numbers: Canada Grows Taller
Nov 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue IV

The Bow: Unique Diagrid Structural System for a Sustainable Tall Building
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai

CTBUH Awards

Best Tall Building Americas 2013 Winner
CTBUH Awards 2013