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SAIT_Heritage_Hall Calgary Tower, Olympic Oval, Talisman Centre, and City Hall are the architectural landmarks, the names of which always remind you the words 'Calgary' and 'Canada'. And this is natural, since these prominent landmarks are the ones that shape the historical and architectural look of Calgary. Let’s look at these landmarks from high above, namely, from a bird’s eye view – click the video and make a flight over the architectural ensemble of Calgary. In the main article, you can also read the most interesting facts about every famous landmark of Calgary.

Calgary Tower, Calgary

» The 190-meter tower was built to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Canada. The construction cost $3 500 000.
»  The total weight of the tower s over 10 tons. In 1971, it was named “Calgary Tower”. The skyscraper is seismically stable and can withstand earthquakes and wind speed of 161 kmh.
»  It had been constructed for a year and 3 months. The building is cylinder due to the continuous filling of concrete mixture.
»  In the Husky Tower (the first name), there are two high-speed lifts. You can reach the observation platform within 60 seconds. At the upper level, there is an observation restaurant that turns around its axis for 45 minutes.
»  In the northern part of the platform, you can see the streets through the glass hole in the floor.
»  In 1990, the building was reconstructed. It cost $2.4 million. The lower level of the building is absolutely glass.
»  There is the Olympic Flame at its top. The Flame burns 24 hours a day. Now, it is burnt on special days.
»  500 000 people visited the building at its 25th anniversary.
»  At night, the tower is illuminated. It has over 16.5 million color and lighting effect.

Olympic Oval, Calgary

» The Olympic Oval is a city skating rink with an indoor shed. The construction cost $39 million.
»  At the stadium, there are two small skating rinks. Short track skaters and hockey players train here. Amateurs can go skating here too.
»  Inner panels are decorated with banners. They are dedicated to Olympic heroes.
»  In the Olympic Oval, 7 world records of 10 were set during the Olympic Games.
»  Administrators let hold world championships at the skating rink. The World Cup is annually organized here.
»  The sports ground is located at a height of 1 105 m. The discharged air lets participants achieve great success.
»  The rink started to be built in 1985. Two years later, the stadium welcomed the first visitors.
»  The construction belongs to the University of Calgary. The Olympic Oval is located near the campus.
»  The 400-meter track is covered with ice. Distilled water is used for this, so nothing interferes smooth skating.
»  There are soft fences around the skating circle.
»  The rink has been granted the Olympic status.

Talisman Centre, Calgary

» The Talisman Centre is a city multi-sports complex.
»  The municipal authorities sold the rights to possess the centre to Talisman Energy for $10 million. This company had possessed the sports arena for 20 years.
»  Then, Repsol bought the object. So, the sports center has borne its name since March 2002.
»  To help sportsmen achieve success in different kinds of sport, including water sport, the administration invested in the building upgrading.
»  Every year, it is visited by 1.8 million people.
»  The non-profit sports community Lindsay Park cares for the complex.
»  The architectural style of the construction is extraordinary. The dome has the shape of V. The steel arched construction rests on the solid concrete foundation. The roof is covered with teflon glass fibre. It is transparent, which lets save money on energy consumption.
»  The construction cost almost $25 million.
»  The complex has a total area of 12 000 m2.
»  In the Centre, not only professional water (swimming) competitions are held. It is also open for visitors practicing athletics.

City Hall, Calgary

» The Calgary City Council is aimed at protecting citizens’ interests.
»  The complex of two buildings belongs to the city council. One building was built in 1911. The outer walls are faced with quarry sandstone. Natural stone has withstood natural disasters for over a century. The only building in classical Roman style is an architectural monument.
»  Its floor and ceiling are covered with mosaics. The staircase is made of marble. The wall panels are decorated with golden patterns. The windows are stained glass.
»  Over time, it was necessary to increase the area of the city hall because the number of its representative rose due to the extension of the powers.
»  The modern skyscraper was built for this purpose. Sessions have taken place here since 1986.
»  The 50-meter building has an unusual exterior. It has the shape of the triangle. It was built of steel sheets and glass. The building has 14 floors. It had been constructed for three years.
»  The architect received the reward from the mayor of Calgary for the building’s design.

Glenbow Museum, Calgary

» The Glenbow Museum is a city museum dedicated to the history of Western Canada.
»  20 themed exhibition halls have a total area of 8 600 m2.
»  Its fund is over a million exhibits.
»  100 000 items are presented in the first sector. Here, you can learn about the living conditions of the past, how people dressed and how they lived.
»  The collection of canvasses includes paintings from 1914 to this day.
»  The ethnographic sector houses 48 000 artifacts. Here, you can also see items used by the natives.
»  In the gun room, there are exhibits with 500 years of history.
»  The collection of minerals contains precious and semiprecious natural stones found in different parts of the world. Stones shining in the dark and iridescent crystal are very interesting too.
»  There is an archive in the Glenbow Museum. There are over 2 million photos, manuscripts, documents, periodicals, and other things that represent the development of the western region.
»  The cultural institution was built thanks to the entrepreneur and collector Harvie.

SAIT Heritage Hall, Calgary

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Facts: » The issue of the establishment of an educational institution was always thorny. The authorities explained that the construction of the building is impossible due to the small population.
»  After the First World War, the government bought 100 acres of land from the local industrialist. As the Ministry’s decided, classrooms started to be built in 1921.
»  The first building was named the Heritage Hall. The construction is located on top of a hill. It has a view of the surroundings. Today, the skyscraper is a historic attraction of the city.
»  The campus of the educational institution includes an engineering school and a college. It was opened in 1922.
»  The eastern part of the house is occupied by the higher education institution while the ordinary school occupies the western part.
»  The architecture of the construction is very interesting too. It is designed in Academic Gothic style, so it resembles a medieval castle but not an educational institution.
»  Main construction materials were sandstone and stone. The dome is decorated with towers, spikes, and stone engraving. There are a lot of wall decorations.

Scotia Centre, Calgary

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Facts: » In the megacity, there is a skyscraper and an office building called Scotia Center. Besides business offices, it also includes a three-storey shopping center. Branded stores offer a wide range of products for every taste.
»  The Scotia Centre is located in the center of the district. The skyscraper is 155 m high (the height of the 41st floor). One level is used for technical needs.
»  The construction lasted two years and was completed in 1976.
»  The skyscraper is built of reinforced concrete constructions. The outer frame is supported by the steel armature poured with concrete. From the outside, the building looks like a monolith separated by longitudinal beams. There are rectangular windows between them.
»  The construction cost $30 million. At that time, this building was second to none with its height.
»  At its top, there are a restaurant and a pub. In the restaurant, there is an outdoor terrace. It has a view of the local surroundings.
»  The main lessee was Scotiabank (The Scottish Bank). You can see its logo at one of the walls of the Scotiabank Conference Center.

Bankers Hall, Calgary

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Facts: » There are two 52-meter towers in the center. They make a uniform architectural complex. These buildings are used as offices.
»  Skyscrapers are 197 m high. Bankers Hall East (the first construction) and Bankers Hall West (the second one) are twin towers. They were commissioned in 1989.
»  The first four floors are occupied by a shopping center, gyms, and cinema. There are 47 brand stores.
»  The roof of the building resembles a stetson. The cowboy’s hat is the hallmark of Calgary. You can also see it on the city flag. It was presented as a mark of respect for members of governmental delegations.
»  The dome of one skyscraper is golden. The rood of the other is painted silver.
»  The Bankers Hall is a business center. Towers are linked with each other by a covered gallery. There is a pedestrian underpass. It has special climate control equipment. There are headquarters of many big industrial companies.
»  There is an old building adjacent to the northeastern part of the complex. Its historical facade was completely restored.
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