Design of nARCHITECTS’ M2 mixed-use building in Calgary unveiled

An innovative design for a new building in Calgary’s East Village by the New York City firm nARCHITECTS, led by Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang, in collaboration with local architect, Riddell Kurczaba, was announced at the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation on Wednesday. The zigzagging building, provisionally named M2, will contain two restaurants on the ground floor, with offices and large terraces on the upper floors.

Designed for Calgary developer XYC Design + Development on a prominent site fronting the Bow River’s stunning new pedestrian RiverWalk, the 17,000 to 20,000-square-foot building will be a new icon on the Bow River for the East Village and Calgary at large.

According to XYC Design + Development President Kate MacGregor, “M2 is a highly visible site, and even though it’s small, it will have a huge presence in East Village…it will really be unlike any other space in the city, because of the exceptional contemporary design that nARCHITECTS, with local firm Riddell Kurczaba Architecture, have produced.”

M2’s form emerges from its irregularly shaped lot and a need to comply with zoning requirements that limit the extent of shadow that can be cast on the adjacent RiverWalk. While the building’s zigzagging form initially emerged from a response to these regulations, the architect and client team see in it a great potential for a variety of civic connections between the building and the river due to the resultant large terraces. From River Walk, the building will appear to gently recede upwards from floor to floor, culminating in the sloping roof of the 4th floor bulkhead.

nARCHITECTS’ Principals Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang are “excited to be designing our first building in Canada, on such an engaging and challenging site in Calgary’s East Village, and for a visionary client.”