Kasian Architecture aims to serve extended families with proposed residential tower

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A number of residential towers are in various stages of construction in the city center, but a proposed new development in the Beltline neighborhood could provide a unique offering for families.

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Designed by Kasian Architecture, the 11-story tower is dubbed a multi-generational facility with just two units per residential floor, with each of the 18 units featuring five self-contained bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

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

All will have access to a large covered patio with a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass separating them from the bedrooms which have tall windows. Resident amenities include ground-level parking, a fitness center, 22 bike slots, storage lockers, a common laundry room, all-weather outdoor space on the second level, and another rooftop common space.

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

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

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

Together with Bill Peters, former CEO of the Calgary Science Center, and Ian Washbrook, structural engineer at Entuitive, the trio are planning 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 removable roof to allow the use of high-powered telescopes, donated by Peters, for use by members of the society as well as the general public. The storage unit is for portable telescopes that will be used in an outdoor viewing location.

Chomik and Peters are also working together 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, outside Scottsdale, Arizona.

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

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Planetarium and observatory designs must be adaptive, functional and able to use the latest technologies, a demanding procedure that Chomik and Peters have enjoyed consulting on several projects.

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

Kasian’s Calgary office, which has 50 architecture, interior design and planning professionals, is busy with many other high-profile projects, including the new Red Crow College and the City Courthouse. Blood Tribe at Stand Off, Olds College’s animal health education center. , and in British Columbia at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops and renovations at the Royal Hotel in Fernie.

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Kasian’s Toronto office won 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 foot facility with a 250-seat planetarium, exhibit hall, digital production studio, and restaurant/gift shop.

The Toronto office is also the principal architect of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Halifax; an undertaking so huge that staff in 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 by email at [email protected]

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