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The Bow, Calgary

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The Bow is a 158,000m2 office building for the headquarters of Encana Corporation and Cenovus Energy, in downtown Calgary, Alberta. The 236 metre (774 ft) building is currently the second tallest office tower in Calgary, since construction of Brookfield Place; and the third tallest in Canada outside Toronto. The Bow is also considered the start of redevelopment in Calgary's Downtown East Village. It was completed in 2012 and was ranked among the top 10 architectural projects of that year according to Azure Magazine.HistoryEarly project plansEncana Corporation, North America's second largest natural gas producer, announced plans for the high-rise in 2006. Early designs suggested that the project would consist of a complex of towers (perhaps two or more) over two blocks. The tallest of these towers could be 60 stories tall, which would make it taller than the current tallest tower in Western Canada, the Suncor Energy Centre (also in Calgary). Conflicting reports suggested that it would be one single tower around 70 stories tall and possibly over convert 1000 ft, making it the tallest building in Canada. Other sources suggested a two tower complex spanning the entire surface of two blocks, with a second tower of 40 to 50 stories connected at sixth stories level over 6th Avenue. Official statements declared that the tower will be 58 stories, or tall.The management company in charge of the project was Texas-based Matthews Southwest, with architectural services furnished by UK-based Foster + Partners & Zeidler Partnership Architects of Calgary.
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  • I don't like modern buildings, but this one really is a sight to see. Unique and truly fits into the skyline.  more »
  • The Bow office skyscraper sits at 774 feet high and, until just this year, was the tallest building in Calgary (the newly constructed Brookfield Place now holds the title, sitting at 810 feet on its W...  more »
  • This building is very impressive and dominates the area. Wonderful sculpture of a head out side as well that is worth visiting.  more »
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  • One of my favourite buildings. It just has a presence in person, and anyone interested in modern architecture should check it out!Don't forget to pop in to see the interior!
  • Impressive building! It is just a couple years old, but have brand new technologies and it is one of the tallest in downtown. Outside, in front of the Bow you can find big sculpture of the human head. You actually can enter inside that head! One of the place you must visit when go to Calgary.
  • Awesome building structure. It host Calgary 2 largest companies namely Cenovus Energy and Encana Corporation. The sky garden at 25th floor and 52 floor is simply amazing. One can get to see the entire city view from the top. +15 has tons of food options as well.
  • Very rude janitor there named Scott Ransome. Smelled of alcohol and was leering at people.
  • What can you say. It's the Bow. I walked through it to get to work