Cielo (1205 West Hastings Street)

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1205 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Cielo (1205 West Hastings Street)

Cielo flaunting its Vancouverism architectural style
Building Information
Developer Delta Land Development Ltd.
Architect Downs Archambault & Partners
Management Company Re/Max Property Management
Number of Units 140
Number of Floors 30
Year Built 2007
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1205 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1 (419)
Title of Land Freehold Strata



Cielo is derived from Spanish and refers to sky and heaven, an appropriate name for the building at 1205 West Hastings Street. Cielo is built in one of the most sought after and scenic neighbourhoods in the City of Vancouver.

Cielo in good company with its neighbours
The discovery of coal in 1862 gave Coal Harbour its name. Thankfully there wasn't very much coal there or the area's geography may have been drastically altered. Although the coal was a low grade and not commercially viable, the clay in the area was ideally suited to produce bricks and porcelain. But lack of transport to markets ensured that no bricks or porcelain was ever produced from that source. Another reprieve for the Stanley Park.

Instead, some industry moved in, ship-building and a lumber mill. These were eventually replaced by military interests during World War II. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) operated a seaplane base and reconnaissance station out of Coal Harbour and the facility was briefly used by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).Eventually, all that remained was Harbour Ferries and the Coal Harbour Marina, both still in operation.

Coal Harbour is a relatively new neighbourhood in Vancouver as much of the shore is now developed with a posh lineup of modern condominiums. among Cielo's neighbours are the sisters Callisto and Carina, Avila, and the Sapphire, high-end and luxurious good company.[1]


Cielo skirts the downtown business district by mere steps to the east. In the other direction, residents have walk-able access to Stanley Park, the largest urban park in North America. A large number of pubs and restaurants have taken advantage of the higher population density living in the Coal Harbour area and its surrounds, and the idyllic waterfront location to set up shop, serving an eclectic mix of tasty delights.

Sometimes it's not desirable to eat out and a meal at home suits the bill. For that, the neighbourhood presents an international mix of grocery choices all under a three quarters of kilometer from Cielo, less than 2500 feet. The building sits atop of a 23,000 square foot Urban Fare food store, which not only has groceries, but also a coffee bar and ready-to-go prepared foods.

Schools in any downtown centre are generally represented by satellite branches of larger institutions located elsewhere, such as universities and colleges. The practicality of this is obvious as the cost leased space in most downtown business districts everywhere is generally higher. However, it's important that established schools maintain a presence in well traveled centres to encourage enrollment at their regular sites.

As such, various institutions are represented in the downtown area of Vancouver covering a broad spectrum of educational disciplines, like culinary training, arts, transportation sciences, and of course, English language studies.

Cars shares, public transit, bike paths, and meandering landscaped pathways for strolling along the waterfront are all right outside the door of Cielo.[2]

Captivating views


Developed by the Delta Group, Cielo consists of a concrete and steel frame and rises 30 stories above grade. Within the glass curtain walls are 135 tower suites and four town homes nestled at the foot.

Uniquely designed Cielo to feature meeting rooms and fitness area on the top
The architects of Cielo, Downs Archambault, designed the fitness centre and meeting rooms to be on the top of the structure rather that on a low level mezzanine. This provides residents and guests who use the facility unparalleled views of the ocean inlet and the mountains in the distance. Wisely, all the suites have balconies to take advantage of these views.

The use of a geothermal heat-exchange system won an award for environmental responsibility. It was one of the first such buildings to do so in Vancouver.

Meanwhile, the rain-screened glass curtain of sea-green hues and neutral colour accents conforms with its neighbours and also with the Vancouverism style of architecture.

Open concept kitchens inviting participation from other living areas present a sense of space and inclusion. Floor to ceiling windows showing off the landscapes of British Columbia adds to sense of space. Other interiors were designed by Mitchell Freedland Interiors.[3]

Layout and Features

Appliances are energy star rated and have stainless steel finishes. Wood cabinetry is complemented with stone slab counter tops and hard floors. Bathrooms are appointed with marble finishes.

The building comes equipped with air-conditioning and radiant in-floor hot water heat. It has a landscaped courtyard with a water feature.

Balconies are larger than standard and the apartments are fitted with floor to ceiling low-E window glass For UV protection (Ultra-Violet), and energy efficiency. Water to the suites passes through a built in water filtration system.

The town homes in the complex are three levels and have front and rear entries. There are patio terraces overlooking gardens and skylights are installed over stairwells.

On top of the building, the "Sky Spa" houses the fitness centre the large outdoor whirlpool and an exterior fireplace. There are two consultation rooms and a furnished meeting room that can be booked.

A sample kitchen
The Urban Fare at the foot of the building
The penthouse kitchen[4]

Floor Plans

A two bedroom on the ninth floor

Floor plans range in size from 786 square feet to 1,473 square feet.

However, few floor plans are publicly available for viewing.

One has been provided here showing a standard two bedroom version.



  • "Sky Spa" Fitness Facility located on the 31st floor - the penthouse level
  • Geothermal heating and cooling system
  • Roof top deck with outdoor whirlpool, fireplace, and barbecue
  • Roof top meeting room
  • Urban Fare at the foot of the building with groceries and prepared foods
  • 24 hour concierge service
  • Children's play area
  • Coal Harbour Community Centre at the door step


Cielo (1205 West Hastings Street) Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Pets are permitted
  • Units may be rented
  • There are no age restrictions placed on ownership
  • There is a common barbecue area


Cielo is geothermically heated.

In-floor radiant heat, 'low-E' energy efficient windows, built in waste disposal system, and a water filtration system are all great steps in a "green" direction.

The City of Vancouver has recognized Cielo for being one of the first geothermal, energy-efficient residential towers in Vancouver.

Intentionally or not, Cielo is modestly compliant to reducing its impact on the environment and the previous list demonstrates that.

One additional factor to be considered is Cielo's central location and its proximity to neighbourhood amenities obviating the need to use a car for day to day needs.

Another "carbon-reducing" measure may be adopted by the residents themselves by participating in Vancouver's extensive recycling programs.


The Cruise Ship terminal, Coal Harbour Marina, and Stanley Park at the top of the image
The industrial Coal Harbour - circa 1948
Coal Harbour Marina

Historically, many changes have occurred to Coal Harbour. Here are some of the highlights from its storied time-line:[5]

  • Established in 1887, the Vancouver Boating Club started at the foot of Howe Street. Today, it is a fixture in Coal Harbour Marina and is known as the Vancouver Rowing Club.
  • The harbour was the location of the Pacific Lumber Mill Company in the late 19th century.
  • Boeing had a seaplane and boat factory there beginning in 1919. They later purchased the Hoffar-Beeching Shipyard at West Georgia in 1929, and then built William Boeing's yacht, the Taconite.
  • Canadian Pacific Rail (CPR) and Canadian Pacific Steamships had terminals there.
  • The Bayshore Inn (Westin Bayshore), overlooking Coal Harbour, was home for Howard Hughes for 5 months and 28 days in the 1970s.
  • There are still six occupied floating homes in Coal Harbour.


  1. Condopedia - Maps
  2. Walk Score
  3. Delta Group
  4. Paul Masoumi - photo credit
  5. Wikipedia - Coal Harbour

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