Canadian Office Tower Recognized as One of World’s Most Dazzling Buildings

"The Bow" Tower in Calgary has made the Emporis list of the most spectacular 15 corporate buildings in the world.

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“The Bow” Tower in Calgary has made the Emporis list of the most spectacular 15 corporate buildings in the world.

Developed by Matthews Southwest of Texas and owned by H&R REIT, the 58-story crescent shaped skyscraper offers nearly 1.9 million square feet of rentable space. Canadian energy producers EnCana Corporation and Cenovus Energy are headquartered in the building.

Named after the Bow River, the steel and glass high-rise is the tallest structure in Western Canada and the second largest in terms of floor space after First Canadian Place in downtown Toronto. The 775-foot tower was completed in 2012 as part of an approximately $850 million project which also features a 7-story building and an extensive park-like plaza. The development’s design architect is Foster + Partners of London.

“Calgarians see The Bow as a new icon of that city’s growth and modern spirit, and we see it as an icon of what can be achieved in terms of mega-projects when the right team is brought to the table,” said Southwest CEO Jack Matthews in a statement. “At the same time, the building has been designed to meet the specific needs of its tenants and deliver lower than market lease rates.”

Three of the building’s floors feature sky gardens (indoor park-like levels with trees and vegetation) with seating and meeting spaces serviced by express elevators. A typical floor offers approximately 32,000 square feet of space.

“EnCana is very happy to be a tenant in such a great building; one which is attracting this type of local and international recognition. Our staff are not only impressed with the overall quality of the new space but by how well it works for the way that we work,” said Craig Reardon, vice president, administration for EnCana Corporation.

Based in Germany, Emporis is an internationally renowned provider of building information. The company’s experts also named the Hearst Tower in New York and the General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit among the most architecturally impressive corporate developments across the globe. The BMW Building in Munich or the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur have also been selected.

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