Calgary’s Beautiful Bow Building


I LOVE Architecture!  I mean I LOVE buildings…all buildings from historical to modern…and boy does Calgary have some great ones!  I mean for such a young city, there are gorgeous buildings here…and World Class too!  One of Calgary’s most amazing buildings, is the Bow Building.  The 10th most expensive building ever built-in NORTH AMERICA is the Bow Building. It is a crescent-shaped monolithic glass masterpiece.  It dominates the Calgary skyline and boasts the price tag of 1 billion dollars!

Zeidler Partnership of Calgary world-renowned Foster & Partners from UK designed the Bow. Known for their curvy, rounded, organic glass buildings, the crescent shaped Bow fits in with their distinctive designs throughout the world.

The Bow boasts 58 Stories, 1,700,000 Square Feet and 49 Elevators!

I take a lot of pictures of this beauty…and every angle shows me something new. I hope you like some of these shots and get a chance to go downtown and take your own! The first tubular steel constructed building of this size used 48,000 tonnes of steel to complete the stunning Bow Building.


One of the greatest features of The Bow Building is the art installation of a giant girl’s head called Wonderland by Spain’s great artist Jaume Plesa.  The head greets you at the entrance side of the building and you can walk into the head entering from either side below the ear. Amazing photo ops!


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Jaume Plesa’s has featured other world-famous art installations like the Crown Fountain in Millenium Park in Chicago…which I had the pleasure of seeing on a business trip a few year’s ago…unfortunately my photos don’t show the projected faces spitting water from their mouth through fountain spouts…but an incredible sight in any case.

The Bow building looks different from every angle and creates a new modern vibe that carries on to the newly revitalized East Village project in Calgary.  New venues like the National Music Centre, The Hilton Hotel and multiple gorgeous residential high rise buildings in East Village has transformed a former run down part of the city. Incredible park revitalizations, art installations and a boardwalk on the Bow River have made the East Village a Calgary destination.  I love East Village and know I will be spending more and more time down there attending festivals and dining at my favorite roof top patio Restaurant in Calgary…Charbar, located in the old Simmons Building on the Bow River in East Village!

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No matter where you are in the city, The Bow dominates the skyline, and is now a symbol of the modern city Calgary has become.  A city that is a leader in the energy industry in Canada, a place of boom or bust depending on the value of our precious oil barrel.  A city that is the gateway to the great Canadian Rocky Mountains and some of the most pristine untouched wilderness on this planet.  Voted the cleanest city in the world, Calgary is cool…very, very cool.

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Don’t W.A.I.T. to check out Calgary’s S.A.I.T.


SAIT’s Modern vibe cannot be ignored…the Aldred Centre Trades and Technology Bldg. is a Modern Beauty, with it’s wave roof line that borders 16th Avenue’s main entrance into the High Tech traffic circle. This is a gorgeous unique Modern Glass buildings surround, speaking to the Technological Advancements SAIT has seen since 1922.  Since then SAIT has transformed it’s homogenous 60/70’s brick, block compound  into a cutting edge, leading Post Secondary Elite Technology School in North America…and they have the facility to prove it!

All while offering hands on education for Trades, Business, Construction , Automotive, Manufacturing, Automation, Culinary Arts, and the Energy industry.  This campus has it ALL! Students agree, as an amazing 80% of graduates are employed in their field of study, (94% get a job period).  In 2014 96% of students would recommend SAIT, and a large percentage are from outside of Canada.

With so many fields to choose from S.A.I.T. Offers Certification Programs and Degrees for the following fields of study:

School of Information & Communications Technology

School of Business

School of Construction…as an excellent example of their cutting edge vision; this school includes an “ARIS” Green Energy Building testing alternative energy systems of all types, (who knew planted earth walls can filter water?!)

School of Energy Technology

School of Health & Public Safety

School of Hospitality & Tourism

School of Manufacturing & Automation

School of Transportation

School of Culinary Arts

…Not to mention the GORGEOUS Campus with a Panoramic City View, Green Spaces, Parkland and the symbolic Heritage Hall which has stood proudly since 1926!  Top of the line Sporting Facility…Home of the Trojans!  Ice Arena, Aquatic Centre with Salt Water Pool, Gymnasiums, Weight Rooms, Sports Teams and The Outdoor Cohos Common Athletic Field!

Food Glorious Food…It is absolutely everywhere!  The 4 Nines Dining Centre offers a different menu every day featuring the talents of S.A.I.T.’s Culinary Chefs in Training!  Incredible meals to enjoy or take away for dinner time, (often featuring veggies and herbs from Jackson’s Garden on campus).  Scattered among the main buildings on campus, students can choose from over 18 food outlet options…(Sushi to late night pancakes at Denny’s…doesn’t everyone eat pancakes at midnight?) The Gateway boasts one of the best patios in Calgary with live music, and drinks, (voted Best Live Music Venue in Calgary>500).  On campus convenience store, ATB Bank.. and Market Place…it’s a one stop shop.


Last, but most certainly not least is the Highwood Dining amazing unique dining experience by their culinary students who offer world class culinary dishes and service in the award winning restaurant under the guidance of their renowned chefs.  Whether you are looking for an outstanding luncheon to impress…or just a feast, (Thursday is a buffet!)   The best is dinner!…(not only very reasonable), 5 course, elegant gourmet dining experience…but usually unique and outstanding.  Now…for some us “older” students, who would like to learn a new trade, technology, direction in life…or just some cooking classes.  Check out their post secondary programs for exciting evening courses…not to mention the best kept secret in fine dining in Calgary…see you at The Highwood!  This is just part of the amazing meal we were served at The Highwood.