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Our Principles

Our Principles

Introducing our principles.

These principles are at the core of everything we do.

A design inspired by a rich history.

Chinatown has a deep and rich history in the cultural fabric of Calgary. That’s why this new development will reinforce the distinct cultural and historical character of Chinatown, through architectural motifs, masonry and lighting treatments. The architecture connects the traditional with the modern, paying homage to elements found in historical Chinese architecture. Vertical and horizontal rectangles are inspired by the intricate geometric wood lattice, found in the windows, doors, and balustrades of traditional Chinese design.

1. All new developments reinforce the distinct cultural and historical character of Chinatown.
City of Calgary – Guiding Principles for Development in Chinatown

Ensure Chinatown is promoted as a place to experience Chinese culture.

This development is designed with opportunities to both reinforce and promote that mandate across every touch-point by including commemorative plaques, murals by local Asian artists, and decorative motifs. Ground level retail provides opportunities for businesses to offer and share their take on Chinese culture. From Bubble tea cafes and Chinese bakeshops to Asian grocers, and Chinese restaurants, this development is designed to offer them all.

Ensure Chinatown remains a “walkable” community with access to the river and parks and enhances the overall pedestrian experience.

This development has been designed to support the human scaled environment, as we’re building in a number of initiatives to enhance the pedestrian experience, including bench seating, overhead lighting, bike racks, planters, trees and accessible storefronts. Residential entrances are designed to be less pronounced, placing more focus on retail units and other points of interest to create a pedestrian-oriented development.

3. All developments enhance the pedestrian experience.
City of Calgary – Guiding Principles for Development in Chinatown

Features have been designed to ensure Chinatown is clean, safe and secure.

Chinatown has always been home to a variety of public and private gathering spaces. This new development in Chinatown will be built in that tradition, incorporating bright lighting, welcoming plazas and design that encourages people to come together safely and as a community. Emphasis has been placed on creating spaces that promote round-the-clock usage. We achieved this by allowing for a mix of commercial and residential uses to create activity throughout the day.

7. Chinatown is safe, clean and vibrant, day or night.
City of Calgary – Guiding Principles for Development in Chinatown

The development provides a variety of residential units with a supportive commercial mix to ensure Chinatown remains a mixed use community.

That’s why we’ve worked hard to provide a variety of retail, hotel, restaurants and residential units to ensure individuals, couples and families of all ages and incomes can call Chinatown home.

2. Chinatown is a residential, mixed-use community.
4. Chinatown is a community for all, and provides housing for residents of all ages and incomes.
City of Calgary – Guiding Principles for Development in Chinatown

Ensure Chinatown has a variety of public and private gathering spaces for individuals and groups.

Water features, gathering spaces, street level retail, and wide walkways were designed to encourage open air markets and social meeting spaces. Large contiguous restaurant spaces create opportunities for indoor banquet spaces, and a traditional gathering place for family and community.

6. Chinatown has a variety of public and private gathering spaces.
City of Calgary – Guiding Principles for Development in Chinatown

Ensure commercial activity in Chinatown supports the residential and cultural community. Chinatown must provide authentic retail and dining experiences that include, affordable, assorted and convenient choices.

The development will feature a wide selection of ground level retail spaces, with a majority of units under 1000 square feet. These small but vibrant retail spaces encourage various kinds of tenants and customers. A wide variety of signage and canopy options that aid in providing an authentic retail and dining experience. This, along with the street food night market and our partnership with Moonlight market will ensure there are affordable and vibrant options for locals and tourists to choose from.

Designed for a safe and efficient flow of pedestrian access and vehicular traffic.

We’ve thoughtfully designed the site with porosity at grade to encourage pedestrian access to the North, South, and West sides. Underground parking, and both underground and surface loading areas take into consideration accessibility on various modes of transportation.

5. There are a variety of options for getting to Chinatown.
City of Calgary – Guiding Principles for Development in Chinatown

Maximum Sunshine

Maximum sun permeability through building shape and site orientations must be provided.

No new shadow is being cast on the shadow protected areas of Sien Lok Park or the Bow River pathway.

Eye Level Tour

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