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1281 West Cordova Street, Vancouver


The Callisto stands out in Coal Harbour
Building Information
Developer Delta Land Development Ltd.
Architect Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright
Management Company Colliers
Number of Units 126
Number of Floors 35
Year Built 2004
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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1281 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Distance to Public Transit Over 45 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium



While "Callisto" normally references one of the moons on Jupiter or, in Greek mythology, a nymph who was changed into a bear, Vancouverites know it as a condominium building in Coal Harbour whose distinctive curvilinear design is built in the shape of a sail to reflect the area's maritime history.

Residents of this award-winning condominium may even spot cruise ships sailing by from their windows as they arrive and depart from the cruise ship terminal at Canada Place. Paired with Carina, these two luxurious high-rises form a distinctive part of the downtown skyline, offering unparalleled mountain and ocean views.

This 35-floor condominium with 16 adjacent townhouses is situated in Coal Harbour, an area along Burrard Inlet once known for its maritime history as a shipyard. It also has a rich industrial past, serving as a munitions factory during World War II and the terminus station of the Canada Pacific Railway. Coal Harbour gets its name from the discovery of coal in the area in 1859, although there is no record of steady commercial mining at this site.[1]

Coal Harbour transformed into an upscale high-rise condominium district in the 1990s, and buildings like Callisto and Carina contribute to this reputation. [2]


At West Cordova and Jervis Streets, Callisto is situated in the heart of Coal Harbour.
Seawall runs along Coal Harbour
On its ocean side lies Harbour Green Park, providing green space and a play area in residents' own backyard. The Seawall also stretches across this section of Burrard Inlet and leads west into Stanley Park or east towards the waterfront.

With a Walk Score of 100, the Callisto is an ideal location from which to walk, bike, bus, or take the SkyTrain. A bus stops near the building and the Burrard and Waterfront SkyTrain stations are only about ten minutes away.[3]

Other places within walking distance include the Coal Harbour Community Centre, Shoppers Drug Mart, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Vancouver College of Art and Design, a fitness centre, Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, and Canada Place.[4]


Callisto was designed by Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright and consists of 126 units with 16 executive townhouses. Completed in 2004, this concrete and steel frame building has a silver-blue glass exterior with a four-sided silicone curtain wall.[5] Callisto constitutes the second of five towers, after the Carina, proposed along Coal Harbour. [4] Both buildings are designed as a ship's sail, which plays off the area's maritime history as does other surrounding architecture such as Canada Place, a cruise ship terminal and hotel and convention centre distinguished by five large sails as its roofline.

The Coal Harbour Community Centre also participates in this narrative, designed by Henriquez Partners Architects as a submarine breaking through the surface of the water and a central corridor resembling the hull of a ship.[6]

Coal Harbour remains home to a float plane terminal and a floating Chevron gas station for boats, keeping a connection to the past.

Callisto won the gold Georgie for best high-rise while its sister tower, Carina, was recognized as the best high-rise by the Urban Development Institute.[5]

Layout and Features

This residential tower boasts state of the art furnishings, overheight ceilings, and floor to ceiling windows that give units views of either downtown and Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, or the North Shore Mountains. Large balconies or terraces further enhance the views on every floor. Layouts range from two to three bedrooms, with a four-bedroom suite on the top floor. The gourmet kitchens have cherry cabinetry, high-end appliances, and granite countertops. Most interiors feature elegant West Coast design with hardwood floors, air conditioning, and sunshade window blinds.[7]

Floor Plans

There are multiple floor plans available at Callisto, most featuring two or three bedrooms, with one four-bedroom unit on the 35th floor. Here are two room layouts and one floor layout:


Callisto offers its residents world-class amenities:

  • 24-hour concierge and live-in building manager[4]
  • pool, outdoor hot tub, and steam room
  • amenity room
  • fitness room
  • media room
  • bike room
  • downtown location
  • ocean and mountain views
  • in-suite laundry
  • secure underground parking with visitor parking
  • storage locker


Callisto Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

Pets and rentals are allowed in Callisto. There is no age restriction.


Callisto offers the following in terms of sustainability features: 100% wool carpet in bedrooms and dens, a natural gas fireplace, and energy-efficient halogen lighting in the bathrooms and kitchens.[8] The exterior has a full rain screen.[4] With a bike room, heated lap pool and fitness centre, Callisto encourages physical activity, and residents can take advantage of their proximity to the Seawall, Stanley Park, and Harbour Green Park. With a downtown location, daily errands can easily be done by walking, biking, or public transit.


A ghostly reminder of the past

Green Harbour Park, right in front of Callisto, often hosts a variety of public art. A wooden shed precariously sits on log pilings at the corner of the park along the Seawall, echoing Coal Harbour's maritime history when freight sheds sat there on wharves. Although it looks wooden, Lighthouse by Liz Magor is actually made of aluminum and lights up at night, emanating a silver glow through the windows. This transformation gives the structure a ghostly presence and illusion of habitation.[9]


  1. Coal Harbour Condos
  2. Storyteller's Words
  3. [ Walk Score
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 BC Condos
  5. 5.0 5.1 Delta Land Development Ltd
  6. Henriquez Partners Architects
  7. Condo in Vancouver
  8. Les Twarog & Sonja Pedersen

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