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April 01, 2019

Get in the nude

Nude by Battistella marks a new way for urban living in the West Beltline

Pepper Rodriguez

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Buying in a condo tower, especially in the pre-construction phase, is an act of faith. It is a two-year wait — at the very least — before you get to move in and enjoy the life that attracted you there in the first place. But with Battistella Development you can be confident that this faith will be rewarded.

As it approaches 40 years in business this year, Battistella Development is embarking on its newest high-rise tower, Nude in the West Beltline, its 13th multi-family development since 1992 when it launched Connaught Gardens.

Led by brothers, Paul and Simon Battistella, the Calgary-based developer has built some of the most architecturally distinctive multi-family developments in the inner-city, all of them “place-making” landmarks in their communities.

“Battistella has gained a reputation for the thoughtful, well-designed condo towers and townhomes that have become landmarks in their respective communities,” says Battistella Development’s Chris Pollen. “The difference with us, is that we know

Calgary intimately, all of our developments — all exclusively in the inner-city — were specifically designed to fit the neighbourhoods they are going up in.”

Each one adds to the flavour of the community, bringing life — literally and figuratively — to the landscape. Some of its most recent successes, Pixel and LIDO in Kensington, have added to the trendy vibrancy of the area, while INK in East Village brings a much needed affordability in one of the hippest, most dynamic communities in the downtown. And now comes Nude, which will be the first high-rise tower to be built in the West Beltline in some time.

“We’re from Calgary, and we have an intimate understanding of the city, all our buildings are designed to take into account what it takes to live here, what is needed to cope with our weather and the challenges of building in a specific location. We also build just one building at a time so that we can focus all our energy and expertise on that single development,” Pollen says. “People have faith in the Battistella name.”

Nude follows all the precepts of the Battistella method. It is a 177-suite, 18-storey tower in the West Beltline that espouses a minimalist lifestyle that is all about living life to the fullest.  What Nude ultimately presents is a new way of looking at  urban living. A life that pares down to the essentials that enables residents to live to the fullest.

“Nude is about a home that you own and not a home that owns you, a smaller space for a bigger life,” Pollen says.

Nude was designed from the inside out. “We started with the people who are going to call this building home, and created floorplans that reflected their lives — linear kitchens mean larger living spaces, custom millwork means bigger bedrooms,
and large balconies mean sweeping city views and privacy from neighbours,” he says. The result is a highly elegant yet simple building and a lasting addition to our city’s skyline in the form of a proclamation for individuality.

Suite sizes range from 400 to 800 square-feet and have room for all the things that bring value to your life — and nothing that doesn’t. Nude’s studio, one-bed, one-bed-plus-den, and two-bedroom plans are a minimalist’s haven. But don’t
mistake them for cold, industrial-style apartments.

“Minimalist isn’t being cold or austere or not keeping any material things, it’s about keeping only what is essential in our life,” Pollen says. “This is what we want to accomplish with Nude: Freedom to live your life the way you want. It is about
editing and curating your own life. Imagine how liberating life can be if you didn’t have to spend all your money paying for your home, or in owning a car. It is about editing and curating your own life.”

The suites exhibit Battistella’s signature touches including the glazed concrete floors and exposed ducts along the tall ceilings. “There’s a lot that our buyers have come to expect from a Battistella development, and Nude comes through.”

The micro-suite designs of Nude were carried over from their hit INK condos in East Village. “We just have a lot more of them this time,” Pollen says. “The studios were our most popular floorplan in INK, and they now make up over 40 per cent of Nude,” he says.

“In a way, Nude is the evolution of what we learned with INK. With Nude we have refined the floorplans based on the feedback we received from our buyers and prospects. Titled underground parking will be offered and customers will have the option to choose whether they would like a stall or not. We are very confident that making parking optional aligns with the growing trend we have seen in Calgary’s inner-city, where many buyers may wish to not own a car.”

The community of West Beltline certainly allows for this kind of life. “It’s urban life at your doorstep. We are near public transport and bike lanes, Co-op grocery is just down the road where you can get fresh produce daily, you can walk or bike to and from work downtown, and we are only three blocks away from 17th Avenue and all its trendy pubs, diners, and restaurants. There’s no shortage of shops, restaurants and parks to experience — all moments away.” Pollen says.

Pollen thinks Nude’s rooftop garden will be the most popular spot in the whole building. “It creates an environment where residents can get to know their neighbours. We will also have a resident coordinator who can arrange for parties and other activities among residents, which our buyers love.”

He says that downsizers, those looking for their first home and those who want to experience the urban lifestyle make up their demographic. “Nude is perfect for someone who is looking to downsize down the road and the two or three years it will take to build Nude will give them time to get ready for this eventuality. The same is true with new homebuyers, the one thing they are assured of is the quality of a Battistella home.”

Nude suites start from the $190,000s and half of the development is priced under $300,000. It is the most affordable new downtown condo in Calgary. “The savings you can make in your mortgage payments allows you to live a bigger life. It is about making intentional choices and living a life of urban mobility.”

Like its predecessors, Nude also calls attention to itself with the timeless architecture that will make it stand out in the neighbourhood. It will feature a corrugated metal cladding material along with glass and steel and a distinctive coloured light band at the top. “For Nude our architectural inspiration came from buildings that have stood the test of time. Buildings that were built 20 or 30 years ago but look like they could have been completed yesterday. The common theme we found was  simplicity — basic geometric forms, simple materials and repetition that create a sense of order. These are the themes that define the architecture of Nude,” Pollen says.

“Nude by Battistella is laying its foundation purposefully in West Beltline to help buyers create a life free from excess so they can focus on what really matters,” he adds. “With all your essentials close to home, you’ll want to be the first to know all
you can about this new condo development.”

Fast Facts:
Project: NUDE by Battistella
Community: West Beltline
Developer: Battistella Developments
Style: 177 apartment style condos
Size: 400-800 sq. ft.
Price: From the $190,000s
Address: 1315 14th Ave. S.W. (on-site presentation centre opening soon)
Website: For hours and to register, go to

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