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1233 West Cordova Street, Vancouver


The sail-shaped Carina building
Building Information
Developer Delta Land Development Ltd.
Architect Hancock Bruckner Eng & Wright
Number of Units 93
Number of Floors 26
Year Built 2003
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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1233 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Distance to Public Transit Over 45 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Condominium



Vancouver has a set of twin "C" towers on West Cordova Street in Vancouver. Not only does the "C" refer to their names, Carina and Callisto, or their location (Coal Harbour/Cordova Street), but also their C-like shape. Carina was the first to be built in 2003, followed by Callisto a year later. Carina takes its name from the word "carina" meaning a keel-shaped structure. Its curvilinear body and sea-inspired colours reflect its maritime name and surrounding area. The building's slender and curved form is meant to subtly echo the prow of a sailboat.[1]

Coal Harbour used to be an industrial waterfront with saw mills, warehouses, and a shipyard from the early 1900s onwards.[2] Today the area is known for its up-scale high-rises. The shift occurred in the late 1990s.

Carina has won several awards, including the best high-rise from the Urban Development Institute. It was also voted the #7 Building in 2008.[3]


Public art in Harbour Green Park

Carina has a prime location in Coal Harbour, situated in downtown Vancouver near the crossroads of West Cordova Street and Bute Street. Community centres, restaurants, shops, cafes, a fitness centre, grocery store, and Stanley Park are all nearby.[4] Harbour Green Park and the Seawall lie just steps from the tower, offering green space and public art for residents to enjoy.

The Carina 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 a ten minute walk away.[5]


Carina has a concrete and steel frame with a four-sided silicone curtain wall. According to the developer's website, Carina was "architecturally designed as westerly winds filling a sail."[6] In this way, its shape, as well as the matching shape of the taller Callisto, reference the boats that float along Vancouver's harbour and the five sails on the roof of Canada Place.

The compound curve of the two towers demonstrates a major architectural and engineering feat, especially for concrete material. They are the first of their kind in North America.[6]

The building was reviewed and certified by building envelope specialists and exceeds Vancouver's seismic requirements.[7]

Layout and Features

The 93 suites at the Carina are comprised of 76 tower suites and 17 street-front townhouses. Units feature gourmet kitchens, granite counters, floor to ceiling windows, hardwood floors, air conditioning, and cantilevered balconies. The building is also wheelchair accessible.[8]

Floor Plans

Units in Carina have two or three-bedrooms. Here is an example of a suite layout and a floor layout:


Residents of Carina share amenities with its sister building, Callisto:

  • bike room
  • fitness centre
  • lounge
  • 24-hour concierge
  • meeting room
  • multi-media theatre
  • wheelchair access
  • indoor lap pool
  • whirlpool/spa/sauna
  • jacuzzi
  • views of North Shore Mountains, Burrard Inlet, and Stanley Park


Carina Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • There is no age restriction at the Carina.
  • Rentals are permitted.
  • Pets are allowed, with some restrictions.


Like Callisto, its sister building, Carina offers only a few green features such as a full rain screen to help with moisture control and leakage protection, prolonging the structure's age.

The suites come with hardwood floors and a natural gas fireplace. Residents can take advantage of their convenient downtown location for transit, biking, and walking options to reduce their carbon footprint.


An artistic passage into the home
  • Harbour Green Park is the longest continuous waterfront park in the downtown area. It was constructed in phases beginning in 1997 and opened in 2002. It cost $14.2 million.[9]
  • Semaphores is a public art project by Claudia Cuesta found on the entrance gates of the 17 townhouses that comprise part of Carina building. Each glass plate has a unique image inspired by the artist's interviews with the resident of the home. The image in the photo is of a sailboat. Many of the pictures reflect the area's natural and social setting.[10]


  1. Jay McInnes
  2. Coal Harbour Condos
  3. Ian watt's Vancouver Condo
  4. BC Condo
  5. Walk Score website
  6. 6.0 6.1 [1]
  7. Les Twarog & Sonja Pederson
  8. Progressive Vancouver
  9. City of Vancouver
  10. City of Vancouver Public Art Registry

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