Eau Claire Mixed-Use Development
Client BCIMC Realty Corporation and GWL Realty Advisors
Location Calgary | Alberta | Canada
O2 Planning + Design is working with The Slokker Group to enable the development of a new community in West Calgary at the intersection of 17 Ave and 85 St SW. O2 has submitted a combined outline plan and land use redesignation application to facilitate a mix of medium and higher density multi-residential developments offering more than 1000 units. The vision is for the development of a new community that takes advantage of its location in Calgary’s west side, the natural features of the site and the proximity and views to the Rocky Mountains.
O2 was retained by GWL Realty Advisors to provide urban design and landscape architectural services to support this ambitious, seven-tower neighbourhood. The public realm is composed of social spaces including large urban plazas, a publicly-accessible roof terrace, and a meandering internal public promenade.
Active frontages on all sides of the development create positive relationships with adjacent properties. Commercial interfaces are at grade with with generous patio spaces provided throughout. Residential properties transition to the public realm through the use of subtle grade changes and front porches. Custom site elements, paving materials, and lighting create a unique sense of place for residents and local community within the evolving urban fabric of Calgary. Bike-up coffee stands and repair stations provide unique amenities for cyclists. Paving is designed to blend and reveal multiple modes of circulation. Benches and seating are built of local materials including sandstone and precast concrete. Sculptural light fixtures gently illuminate the neighbourhood and facilitate wayfinding.