Carina

Completed May 2003 Coal Harbour, Vancouver

  • Architect Hancock Bruckner Eng + Wright
  • Construction Concrete & steel frame; four-sided silicone curtain wall
  • Specifications 26 stories, 76 tower suites; 17 street-front townhomes
  • Amenities Lap pool; whirlpool/spa/sauna; fitness centre; lounge; meeting room; multi-media theatre
  • Contributions 'Semaphores', public art townhome gates by Claudia Cuesta

Shimmering translucent glass curves, architecturally designed as westerly winds filling a sail and unique cantilevered balconies have made this first of two sister towers a distinctive addition to Vancouver's waterfront. Along with the taller Callisto, both their distinctive curves echo the shape of the sailboats that grace English Bay as well as the Convention Centre's five sails further down the harbour. Both towers won a highly coveted Urban Development Institute (UDI) Award in 2005. Creating the unique compound curve for these innovative towers was a true feat of architectural and engineering prowess; these towers are the first of their kind in North America. Carina and Callisto have also won acclaim for 'Semaphores,' a public art project of bold stained-glass sculptural elements.