Telus Garden lobby


The rooftop patios are part of 10,300 square feet of garden space on six levels planted with indigenous trees and irrigated via a rainwater capture system


The 23rd and 24th floors are Telus’s hosting centre with reception rooms, roof garden and meeting rooms with electrified glass that becomes opaque to provide privacy without blocking the light


In the innovation centre, which is dedicated to exploring new ways of using technology, especially for monitoring health, a juice bar can also be used as a work station


Four-storey skyboxes cantilevered over the street contain a sky garden and smaller boxes for meeting rooms, designed like the rest of the interior by OMB


A staff member takes a conference call in a walk station with a slow-moving treadmill and adjustable desktop. Beyond, workstations are next to the windows and glass-doored offices farther in

Telus Garden was part of the company's strategy to reduce real estate costs

Telus’s chief sustainability officer, Andrea Goertz, couldn’t be happier with the way the company’s new 24-storey office tower in downtown Vancouver turned out. “Sometimes when you see the real thing, it’s actually a little bit less than what you’d hoped for,” she says. “This is the opposite of that. It’s so dramatic. It’s gorgeous.”

The tower is part of Telus Garden, a million-square-foot, $750-million development that also includes a 53-storey residential building and takes up a full block between Georgia, Robson, Seymour and Richards Streets. Designed by Henriquez Partners, it contains 450,000 square feet of office space and 65,000 square feet of retail space with a sculptural canopy covering a public plaza and forming the roof of the lobby. Telus itself will occupy 160,000 square feet of office space on nine floors plus 2,300 square feet at street level for its new flagship retail store.

The new office was part of a nationwide company strategy to reduce real estate costs and increase employee productivity. By the end of 2015, 70 per cent of Telus team members will work mainly from home and just come into the office for meetings–so the new space is planned around meeting rooms, mobile work stations, open areas, kitchens and gardens to encourage collaboration, teamwork and innovation.

The LEED Platinum building uses waste heat recovered from telecommunications equipment and redistributed throughout the development. Combined with 228 rooftop solar arrays and other efficiencies, the development’s on-grid energy consumption will be about 80 per cent less than conventional office buildings.

“If you think about our brand and everything it represents from nature and breaking down the barriers to technology through nature, we thought it would be an incredible thing for Telus to be a leader in sustainability and have our workspaces be very representative of that,” says Goertz.