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707 Fifth – Manulife Place

Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, 707 Fifth – Manulife Place celebrates the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere while efficiently addressing the demands of the Canadian prairie climate—characterized by cold and harsh winters tempered by warm Chinook winds and an above-average number of sunny days per year. These conditions informed the design of the tower, with a high performance, triple-glazed exterior wall, a conditioned above-grade pedestrian bridge, and dynamic enclosed public spaces.

Clad in a sweeping glass curtain wall, the slender, elliptical, 27-story office tower is distinct from its neighbors. Two curved convex facades meet to form a concave surface along the building’s narrow eastern and western edges. The design creates a dramatic sense of verticality, with four cantilevered office corners and an aerodynamic building form that, along with a canopy entry, mitigates street-level wind. Within the building, slender columns distributed along the building’s perimeter allow for panoramic views of downtown and the Rocky Mountains. The broad canopy at street level shelters visitors from inclement weather.

The tower’s orientation and narrow, elongated shape open up the site to establish new public plazas on the building’s north and east sides. A two-story winter garden brings the rolling Alberta prairie inside. Connected with the surrounding neighborhood and to the city, the tower integrates a Calgary light rail transit (LRT) station at the ground-level plaza, provides parking for 130 bicycles and 400 vehicles, and a direct link to Calgary’s covered walkway system. To serve the tower’s 4,000 occupant-capacity and the downtown community, the building includes second-level retail and restaurants, a fitness center, and a conference center. An installation by Chicago-based artist duo Luftwerk, adjacent to the LRT station, enhances the northern public plaza.

A new, sustainable hub in downtown Calgary, 707 Fifth – Manulife Place increases connectivity, creates vibrant new public spaces, and provides flexible, healthy workspaces for the city’s growing workforce.

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