List of tallest buildings in Calgary
At a municipal population of 1,267,344 as of April 1, 2018, and a metropolitan population of 1,469,300 as of July 1, 2016, Calgary is both the largest city and largest metropolitan area in the Canadian province of Alberta. Standing at 56 stories, 247 m (810 ft), the tallest building in the city is Brookfield Place. The second-tallest building in the city is The Bow, standing at 58-storeys, 236 m (774 ft). The third-tallest building in the city is Suncor Energy Centre, standing at 215 m (705 ft) tall with 53 storeys, which is to be overtaken by Telus Sky in 2018, standing at 222 m (728 ft) and 60 storeys tall. The Calgary Tower is included in this list for comparison purposes; however, it is not ranked since it is not considered a habitable building.
Calgary's history of towers began with the Grain Exchange Building (1910), the Fairmont Palliser Hotel (1914), and the Elveden Centre. Building construction remained slow in the city until the early 1970s. From 1970 to 1990, Calgary witnessed a major expansion of skyscraper and high-rise construction. Many of the city's office towers were completed during this period, such as the First Canadian Centre and the Canterra Tower office towers. A ten-year lull in building construction came after the expansion, though Calgary experienced a larger second building expansion beginning in the late 90s and continuing into the present. Currently, the city has height restrictions that prevent any building from casting a shadow over the Bow River and the city hall, however, winter months are excluded from this limit. There is no other imposed limits elsewhere in the city, which could allow for some extremely tall buildings. The Bow Tower was originally rumored to be at least 1000 feet tall but reduced to comply with these rules. As of June 2018 Calgary hosts 373 buildings over 35 m (115 ft) complete and under construction, 82 of which are 100 m (328 ft) or more and are all in the downtown area. This is the second highest concentration of skyscrapers in Canada, behind Downtown Toronto.
As of March 2019, there are 10 skyscrapers over 100 m (328 ft) under construction, along with another 34 skyscrapers over 100 m (328 ft) approved and proposed, with a further 56 high-rises over 35 m (115 ft) under construction, approved for construction, and proposed for construction in the City of Calgary. After this skyscraper boom, Calgary's skyline will have dramatically changed, having added at least the second tallest and fourth tallest buildings in Western Canada between 2016 and 2018, Brookfield Place East and Telus Sky respectively.
This list ranks buildings in Calgary that stand at least 100 metres (328 ft) tall, based on CTBUH height measurement standards. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. Freestanding observation and/or telecommunication towers, while not habitable buildings, are included for comparison purposes; however, they are not ranked. One such tower is the Calgary Tower.
|1||Brookfield Place East||210 - 7 Avenue SW||247 m (810 ft)||56||2017|
|2||The Bow||500 Centre Street SE||236 m (774 ft)||58||2012|
|3||Suncor Energy Centre - West||150 6 Avenue SW||215 m (705 ft)||53||1984|
|4||Eighth Avenue Place I||513 8 Avenue SW||212 m (697 ft)||51||2011|
|5=||Bankers Hall - West||888 3 Street SW||197 m (646 ft)||52||2000|
|5=||Bankers Hall - East||855 2 Street SW||197 m (646 ft)||52||1989|
|N/A||Calgary Tower||101 9th Avenue SW||191 m (627 ft)||1968|
|7||Centennial Place - East||520 - 3rd Avenue SW||182 m (597 ft)||41||2010|
|8=||Eighth Avenue Place II||585 8 Avenue SW||177 m (581 ft)||41||2014|
|8=||Canterra Tower||400 3 Avenue SW||177 m (581 ft)||45||1988|
|8=||TransCanada Tower||450 1 Street SW||177 m (581 ft)||38||2001|
|11||Jamieson Place||308 4 Avenue SW||172 m (564 ft)||38||2009|
|12||First Canadian Centre||350 7 Avenue SW||167 m (548 ft)||41||1982|
|13||Western Canadian Place - North||707 8 Avenue SW||164 m (538 ft)||41||1983|
|14||TD Canada Trust Tower||421 7 Avenue SW||162 m (531 ft)||40||1991|
|15||City Centre I||215 2 Street SW||162 m (531 ft)||37||2016|
|16||Stephen Avenue Place||700 2 Street SW||155 m (509 ft)||41||1976|
|17||801 Seventh Building||801 7 Avenue SW||153 m (502 ft)||37||1982|
|18=||The Guardian North||1122 3 St SE||147 m (482 ft)||44||2016|
|18=||The Guardian South||1188 11 Ave SE||147 m (482 ft)||44||2016|
|20||Bow Valley Square 2||205 5 Avenue SW||143 m (469 ft)||39||1975|
|21||Dome Tower||333 7 Avenue SW||141 m (463 ft)||35||1977|
|22=||Fifth and Fifth Building||505 5 Avenue SW||140 m (460 ft)||34||1980|
|22=||Shell Centre||4 Avenue SW||140 m (460 ft)||33||1977|
|24||Home Oil Tower||324 8 Avenue SW||137 m (449 ft)||34||1977|
|25||Bow Valley Square 4||205 5 Avenue SW||134 m (440 ft)||37||1981|
|26=||Fifth Avenue Place East||425 1 Street SW||133 m (436 ft)||35||1981|
|26=||Fifth Avenue Place West||237 4 Avenue SW||133 m (436 ft)||35||1981|
|28||Suncor Energy Centre - East||111 5 Avenue SW||130 m (430 ft)||33||1984|
|29||Calgary Courts Centre||601 5th Street SW||129 m (423 ft)||26||2007|
|30=||Western Canadian Place - South||707 8 Avenue SW||128 m (420 ft)||32||1983|
|30=||Arriva 34||1111 Olympic Way SE||128 m (420 ft)||34||2007|
|32||Altius Centre||500 4 Avenue SW||126 m (413 ft)||32||1973|
|33=||EnCana Place||150 9 Ave SW||125 m (410 ft)||31||1982|
|33=||Vogue||930 6th Avenue SW||125 m (410 ft)||36||2017|
|35=||Stock Exchange Tower||300 5 Ave SW||124 m (407 ft)||31||1979|
|35=||Hewlett Packard Tower||715 5 Ave SW||124 m (407 ft)||33||1975|
|35=||707 Fifth||707 5 Ave SW||124 m (407 ft)||27||2017|
|38||Five West East Tower||910 5th Avenue SW||123 m (404 ft)||28||2008|
|=1||CFCN-DT Tower 1*||Old Banff Coach Road SW||250 m (820 ft)||1954|
|=1||CFCN-DT Tower 2*||Old Banff Coach Road SW||250 m (820 ft)||1954|
(*) Although Calgary's two largest structures are actually CFCN-TV's twin communication towers, they are not self-supporting and are assisted by cables (guyed). This is not unlike most stand-alone communications antennae.
|Ski Jump (Canada Olympic Park)||88 Canada Olympic Park Road SW||90 m||n/a||1987||The taller of three ski jump towers built for the 1988 Winter Olympics; 90 meters is the distance a ski jumper travels from the terminus, not the height of the structure|
|Elveden House (part of Elveden Centre)||727 7th Avenue SW||80 m||20||1960||Calgary's first skyscraper|
|Fairmont Palliser Hotel||133 9th Avenue SW||60 m||12||1914||Calgary's tallest building 1914-1958|
|Grain Exchange Building||815 1st Street SW||6||1910||First building in Calgary with an elevator|
The following is a list of buildings that are under construction, approved, or proposed in Calgary that are planned to rise at least 100 m (328 ft) As of June 2018.
|Telus Sky||222 m (728 ft)||60||Mixed-use|
|West Village Towers I||150 m (492 ft)||41||Residential|
|11th & 11th||138 m (453 ft)||44||Residential|
|West Village Towers II||125 m (410 ft)||?||Residential|
|ONE||122 m (400 ft)||37||Residential|
|Curtis Block I||~118 m (387 ft)||36||Residence|
|Curtis Block II||~118 m (387 ft)||36||Residence|
|The Royal||115 m (377 ft)||34||Residential|
|500 Block South||112 m (367 ft)||32||Residential|
|Underwood Tower||103 m (338 ft)||31||Residential|
|Brookfield Place West||178 m (584 ft)||40||Office|
|633 Third||167 m (548 ft)||46||Mixed-use|
|Portfolio IV||147 m (482 ft)||44||Residential|
|500 Block North||133 m (436 ft)||38||Residential|
|City Centre II||132 m (433 ft)||47||Mixed-use|
|Curtis Block III||~118 m (387 ft)||36||Residence|
|First Canadian Centre East||123 m (404 ft)||27||Office|
|101 - 11 Avenue SE||120 m (394 ft)||37||Residential|
|Palliser West||118 m (387 ft)||26||Office|
|Palliser Square II||118 m (387 ft)||26||Office|
|W4 Eau Claire||109 m (358 ft)||33||Residential|
|The Dorian||100 m (328 ft)||27||Hotel|
|Orchard I||~100 m (328 ft)||30||Residential|
|Orchard II||~100 m (328 ft)||30||Residential|
|Portfolio III||~100 m (328 ft)||29||Residential|
|Oxford Place||262 m (860 ft)||62||Office|
|Kings on Fourth||210 m (689 ft)||47||Mixed-use|
|Elbow River I||178 m (584 ft)||56||Residence|
|Elbow River II||162 m (531 ft)||?||Residence|
|Elbow River III||146 m (479 ft)||?||Residence|
|Brentwood Common||~140 m (459 ft)||40||Residential|
|Eau Claire Market I||135 m (443 ft)||35||Office|
|1520 East||123 m (404 ft)||37||Residential|
|12th Avenue||~118 m (387 ft)||38||Residential|
|Connaught||114 m (374 ft)||37||Mixed-use|
|International Hotel Expansion||110 m (361 ft)||29||Hotel|
|Myriad II||~110 m (361 ft)||35||Residential|
|1520 West||108 m (354 ft)||32||Residential|
|Century Gardens||101 m (331 ft)||22||Office|
|Sutton Place Hotel||100 m (328 ft)||?||Hotel|
|Currie II||100 m (328 ft)||30||Residential|
Timeline of tallest buildings
This lists buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Calgary. Although it is not a building, the Calgary Tower was the city's tallest free standing structure from 1968 until 1983 when it was surpassed by the Suncor Energy Centre's West tower.
|Name||Street address||Years as tallest||Height
m / ft
|Fairmont Palliser Hotel||133 9th Avenue SW||1914–1958||60 / 197||12|
|Elveden House||727 7th Avenue SW||1960-1968||80 / 262||20|
|One Calgary Place||330 5 Avenue SW||1968-1973||110 / 361||30|
|Altius Centre||500 4 Avenue SW||1973-1974||126 / 413||32|
|Bow Valley Square 2||205 5 Avenue SW||1974-1976||143 / 469||39|
|Scotia Centre||700 2 Street SW||1976-1982||155 / 509||41|
|First Canadian Centre||350 7 Avenue SW||1982-1984||167 / 548||41|
|Suncor Energy Centre - West||150 6 Avenue SW||1984-2011||215 / 705||53|
|The Bow||500 Centre Street SE||2011–2017||236 / 774||58|
|Brookfield Place East||210 - 7 Avenue SW||2017–present||247 m (810 ft)||56|
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