Callisto

Completed December 2004 Coal Harbour, Vancouver

  • Architect Hancock Bruckner Eng + Wright
  • Construction Concrete & steel frame; four-sided silicone curtain wall
  • Specifications 36 Stories, 110 tower suites; 16 street-front townhomes
  • Amenities Lap pool; whirlpool spa and sauna; fitness centre; lounge; multi-media theatre
  • Contributions 'Semaphores', public art town home gates by Claudia Cuesta

The elegant twin towers of Callisto and Carina helped turn Coal Harbour into the city's real estate hot spot. Callisto, the second tower to be completed, rises thirty-six stories above the harbourside, anchored by 16 executive townhomes. Architect James Hancock took his inspiration from the marine setting, gently curving the building's slender form to subtly echo the prow of a sailboat. The use of distinctive silver-blue glass and unobtrusive architectural accents help enhance the building's open, airy design. Creating the unique compound-curve for these innovative towers was a true feat of architectural and engineering expertise! They are the first of their kind in North America. Callisto won the gold Georgie for best highrise and Carina won the UDI award for best highrise. Callisto's landscaping is seamlessly integrated into the surrounding public sea wall and park and has also won acclaim for 'Semaphores,' a public art project of bold stained-glass sculptural elements.