An iconic new development is scheduled to break ground in the heart Downtown Vancouver, check out the new Telus headquarters.

"Set for completion by 2014, Architect Gregory Henriquez and Westbank Corp. developer Ian Gillespie; the team behind the Woodward’s Building, have joined forces again to build Telus Garden which is set to occupy a city block between Robson, Seymour, Georgia and Richards.

Once complete, Telus's new headquarters will be unique in North America, featuring 10,000 square feet of green roofs providing organic produce for local restaurants, two elevated roof forests, British Columbia artwork, LED lighting on the western façade projecting programmable coloured images on to fritted glass, and media walls where cultural events such as symphony concerts can be broadcast to the public.

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The $750-million plan is to build a total of one million square feet, comprised of a 22-storey office tower and a 46-storey residential tower. For the office tower, there are plans for three interior sky gardens high up, cantilevered out over the street, as well as a public plaza at street level. There will be 450 residential units and cutting-edge green technology, such as a geothermal heat exchange that taps heat from the existing hub of Telus circuits."

More information available on this project here via the Globe & Mail