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Twin spires of glass and steel atop a street-facing podium represent the height of contemporary architecture.
The Guardian's twin 44-storey towers - the tallest residential towers in Calgary - rise up proudly to create an instantly recognizable landmark in Calgary's ever-changing skyline. Extended glass balconies and metal panels highlight the towers' height and grace while the strong horizontal lines of the penthouse units crown each tower.
While beautiful, The Guardian wasn't designed just for aesthetics. Every design decision took both form and function into careful consideration. For example, the extended floor plates that wrap around each floor improve energy efficiency by providing solar shading in addition to giving the towers rhythm as they stretch ever upward.
With its brown brick exterior echoing the architecture of the surrounding warehouses, The Guardian's podium was designed to interact with the streetscape and present a friendly townhouse facade. It is a part of the community, with commercial space adding convenient retail and services to the neighbourhood as well as space for live/work units, resident parking and shared amenities.
The Guardian was designed to take in panoramic views of the city skyline, the rivers below it and the mountains on the horizon. Standing tall over the heritage buildings of Victoria Park, The Guardian's unobstructed vantage point invites residents to drink in these views from their expansive balconies and through grand floor-to-ceiling windows.