Kasian Architecture aims to serve extended families with the proposed residential tower


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Downtown is home to a number of residential towers in various stages of construction, but a proposed new development in the Beltline area could bring a unique offering for families.

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Designed by Kasian Architecture, the 11-story tower is described as a multi-generational home with just two apartments per floor, with each of the 18 units having five independent en-suite bedrooms.

The intention, says lead architect Bill Chomik, is to provide functional accommodations for families who have children, parents and perhaps grandparents living in the same apartment.

All will enjoy a large covered terrace with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall separating them from the bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. Resident amenities include class-level parking, a fitness center, 22 bicycle parking spaces, lockers, a shared laundry room, an all-weather outdoor area on the second level, and another communal rooftop area.

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The design also includes a new gold colored continuous solar wall in Calgary, a European product recently CSA approved that will absorb solar energy.

Families will also benefit from the location, which offers an easy walk to the Stampede LRT station and downtown.

Chomik has also made a name for himself in planetarium design – in South Korea, Greece, two in China and several in the United States – and is busy with several new science projects.

Along with Bill Peters, former CEO of the Calgary Science Center, and Ian Washbrook, structural engineer at Entuitive, the trio are currently designing an observatory and storage facility in Ralph Klein Park for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Calgary.

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The new structure will have a retractable roof to allow the use of powerful telescopes donated by Peters, both for society members and the general public. The storage unit is for portable telescopes used at an outdoor viewing site.

Chomik and Peters are also collaborating to design a new hybrid planetarium at the Astronomy Discovery Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, and are advising the local architect on the design of the International Dark Sky Discovery Center in Fountain Hills, on the Scottsdale, Arizona border.

The 22,000-square-foot center will house a state-of-the-art 65-seat planetarium that uses immersive digital technology to deliver crisp laser imaging on a 39-foot diameter dome.

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The design of planetariums and observatories needs to be adaptable, functional and able to take advantage of the latest technology, a challenging process that Chomik and Peters are happy to advise on several projects together.

Another exciting project is the design concept for a planetarium in the historic Palais de la Découverte in the Champs-Ëlysées district of Paris.

Kasian’s Calgary office — which employs 50 people across architecture, interior design and planning — is busy with many other world-class projects, including the new Red Crow College and the Blood Tribe Courthouse in Stand Off, the Animal Health Education Center at Olds College , and in BC at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops and renovations at the Royal Hotel in Fernie.

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Kasian’s Toronto office has been awarded the Space Place Canada project, led by a nonprofit, multidisciplinary group of professionals determined to bring a public planetarium back to Toronto — the largest city without one since 1995.

Chomik is the design architect for the planned 80,000 square meter facility which will include a 250 seat planetarium, exhibition hall, digital production studio and restaurant/gift shop.

The Toronto office is also the lead architect for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Halifax; an undertaking so massive that staff in both the Calgary and Vancouver offices are busy working on it.


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David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or email [email protected]

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