M2 – nARCHITECTS’ first building in Canada – will be built on a prominent site on the Bow River in Calgary’s East Village. This emerging new district, which will include the Municipal Library by Snohetta and the Music Center by Allied Works, is currently being developed as an exciting new place to live, work and enjoy city life.
Directly adjacent to the new RiverWalk, and in between the historic Simmons Mattress Factory, now converted to a restaurant building, and the new pedestrian bridge by RFR to St. Patrick’s Island, the M2 Mixed Use Building’s oddly shaped lot presents different contexts on each side and no backside.
To achieve compliance with strict shadow requirements that limit shadow encroachment on the RiverWalk, the building’s north facade peels back at each level, resulting in a cascading sequence of roof terraces for each tenant and a zig-zag form to the building. Along with large curtain wall windows on the North facade, these terraces provide beautiful views to the river, while the large windows on the South provide views back to the city and maximize daylighting in the open interior spaces.