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 inner city, but a proposed new development in the Beltline district could bring a unique offering for families.

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Designed by Kasian Architecture, the 11-storey tower is being dubbed a multi-generational facility having just two dwellings per residential floor, with each of the 18 units boasting five self-contained bedrooms with ensuites.

The intent, says lead architect Bill Chomik, is to provide functional accommodation for families that have children, parents and perhaps grandparents living within the same dwelling.

All will have use of a large covered patio with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall separating them from bedrooms that have wall-length high windows. Resident amenities include parking at grade level, fitness centre, 22 bicycle stalls, storage lockers, a communal laundry room, an all-weather outdoor area on the second level and another communal rooftop space.

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The design also includes a new-to-Calgary gold coloured, top-to-bottom solar wall, a European product recently approved by the CSA that will absorb the sun’s energy.

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

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

Along with Bill Peters, former CEO of the Calgary Science Centre, and Ian Washbrook, structural engineer with Entuitive, the trio are in the process of 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 roll-off roof to accommodate the use of high-powered telescopes, donated by Peters, for use of society members as well as the general public. The storage unit is for portable telescopes that will be used in an outdoor viewing plaza.

Chomik and Peters are also working together to design a new hybrid planetarium in the Astronomy Discovery Center in Flagstaff, Ariz., as well as advising the local architect in the design of the International Dark Sky Discovery Center in Fountain Hills, bordering Scottsdale, Ariz.

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

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Designs of planetariums and observatories must be adaptive, functional and capable of utilizing the latest technology, an exacting procedure that Chomik and Peters have enjoyed consulting on together on several projects.

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

Kasian’s Calgary office — which has a staff of 50 architecture, interior design and planning professionals — is busy with many other prime projects, including the new Red Crow College and courthouse for the Blood Tribe in Stand Off, the Animal Health Education Centre at Olds College, and in B.C. at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops and renovations to the Royal Hotel in Fernie.

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Kasian’s office in Toronto has been awarded the Space Place Canada project, led by a non-profit, 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, exhibition hall, digital production studio and restaurant/gift shop.

The Toronto office is also the lead architect for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Halifax; such a massive undertaking that staff in both the Calgary and Vancouver offices are being kept 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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