In our last article regarding the re-clad of Palliser One, exterior cement cladding had been taken off of the east side of the building and some test panels had been installed on a couple of the lower floors. Shortly after that, the test panels were removed, and the installation of permanent panels began. The permanent panels however, were covered in a protective film and there was no way to get a sense of how the building wold look with the new cladding.
Recent photos now show the protective wrapping has been taken off some of the panels on the east side of the tower in the upper floors area. The paneling looks similar to the test panels seen earlier with the exception of some slight changes to color. Some of the panels appear darker, but the theme of gray, brown and white is still the same. So far without a lot to go on, the white panels give an impression of melting icicles.
Built in 1970 Palliser One (originally called One Palliser Square) is one of Calgary's oldest highrise towers, opening, not long after the completion of the iconic Calgary Tower. Over the years the tower had become somewhat dated looking and that's when Aspen Properties decided the exterior needed some sprucing up. Calgary based firm, Gibbs Gage Architects was tasked with the job and went with a plan that involved taking of the original pre-cast concrete panels and replacing them with the newer metal composite panels.
As mentioned earlier, only a few of the new composite metal panels have been installed, so it's difficult to get a feel of how it will look when completed, and the panels have formed patterns.
With more to come, SkyriseCalgary will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.