TELUS Garden lobby will feature a Gregory Henriquez designed Fazioli piano
TELUS Garden office, currently under construction as part of the million square foot, mixed-use TELUS Garden development is not your run of the mill office tower. In every way it has been designed to inspire the workforce that will ultimately inhabit its walls, from advanced environmental sustainability features (it will be Vancouver’s first LEED Platinum office tower), to leading communications technology befitting a building that bears the TELUS name.
The office tower will also feature a custom grand piano intended for music events and performances in the lobby and plaza. An unusual feature for an office building, the piano will enliven the public realm inside and out and add to the urban theatre in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
The one-of-a-kind piano has been designed by our firm’s managing partner, Gregory Henriquez, (design architect for TELUS Garden), in collaboration with the Fazioli Company, an internationally renowned grand piano producer. Each Fazioli piano is individually handcrafted at the company’s workshop in Italy, northeast of Venice, in an area well known for the tradition of high caliber wood work craftsmanship.
Gregory drew inspiration for the design from the design of the office building. Rather than opting for traditional black, Gregory chose a natural wood finish, echoing the dramatic, sculptural glulam beams of the expansive plaza canopy. The legs supporting the piano mimic the distinctive V-shaped concrete structural supports that are an integral part of the tower’s design. And in a nod to the high-tech features of TELUS Garden office, the inside panel of the lid will be mirrored, providing viewers with a clear view of Fazioli’s expert craftsmanship.
Click image below to view a 360 view of the piano