Domus

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1055 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC

Domus
Domus-Vancouver-Exterior.jpg

The exterior of Domus in Vancouver
Building Information
Developer Qualex-Landmark
Architect Rafii Architects
Management Company Rancho
Number of Units 135
Number of Floors 27
Year Built 2003
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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1055 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Nearest bus stop is 0.22 kilometres away
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

The Yaletown area has long been a favourite of Vancouver developers. There are multiple reasons for this, though the most obvious one may be its hard earned reputation as one of the city's trendiest neighbourhoods. The massive changes to the area over the years caused a large influx of people and money to flow into the former industrial district, and the result is a neighbourhood that is primed to accept luxury developments as the norm.
Domus' main entrance

Domus is an excellent example of the type of residence that developers strive to build in Yaletown, and there is no doubt that it lives up to the expectations that were placed upon it.

Built in 2003, Domus is a 27 floor building with 135 units available for sale or rent.[1] It was designed by the respected development firm Qualex Landmark, while the design side was handled by Rafii Architects.

Its Yaletown location is undoubtedly the most prominent of Domus' many aspects, as there are many sights and shopping opportunities present. That should not overshadow the variety of amenities available at Domus, however, as the building still has a generous selection of features that are solely designed to make the lives of its residents easier.



Location

The surrounding neighbourhood

Located on 1055 Homer Street, Domus finds itself in Vancouver's Yaletown district, a neighbourhood with no small amount of history behind it. Decades ago, Yaletown was originally an industrial area, filled with workers, warehouses, and rail yards; a far cry from what it is today. When the 1986 World's Fair arrived, however, the decision was made to extensively redevelop the area. The purely functional structures of old were, for the most part, replaced with trendy coffee shops, chic boutiques, and luxury residences, resulting in a region now far more renowned for its nightlife and atmosphere than anything else.[2]

Residents of Domus will not need to fret about owning a car; there are many stores and services located within easy walking distance of the front doors, so popping out to run a quick errand is a quick, simply affair, with no vehicle needed. Of course, should one need to travel farther outward, Vancouver's excellent transit system is more than ready to serve. Domus has 53 bus stop options close by, along with three SkyTrain stations. Thus, residents have convenient access to most of the Lower Mainland, even if they do not happen to own cars.[3]


Construction

An example of a living room in Domus

Domus is the design brainchild of Rafii Architects, and there is no doubt they have done quite the job in making it a distinctive structure. Speaking strictly from a construction standpoint, however, Domus follows the blueprint set by many of its predecessors, as it is a traditionally constructed condominium built primarily from concrete and finished in the same material. Like the bulk of its contemporaries, it is equipped with a full rain screen for wet weather.

A striking building even among the high standard set by Vancouver residences, the main thing that people may notice about Domus is the effective use of contrast on the exterior. The outer finish uses brown, grey, and cream on different sections, with the main colour in each section being complemented by the other two.

While one may think that this would result in an exterior that totally lacks cohesion, the end result is a classy, unique appearance. Another nice touch is the gradual shrinking of the tower as it ascends, with the bottom part being the widest and the top part being both slimmer and shorter in comparison.


Layout and Features

The 135 units that Domus offers come primarily in one bedroom and two bedroom configurations, with most units possessing balconies or decks which factor into the total measurement. For a size comparison, the one bedroom units range from 656 to 826 square feet, while the the larger two bedroom units range from 906 to 1231 square feet.

The residences come with a generous list of features, such as balconies, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, porcelain sinks, granite counter tops, and in-suite laundry from General Electric. Another notable feature are the Domus Walls, a German engineered glass wall system that reaches from the floor to the ceiling and it meant to act as a transparent partition between rooms.[4]

Floor Plans

Domus does not currently offer free floor plans for public viewing. Fortunately, there is video footage that showcases some of the building's features and highlights, enabling curious individuals to envision what it might be like to live there.

[5] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.

Amenities

Some of Domus' amenities include:

  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
  • Secured parking
  • Yoga room
  • Lounge with wet-bar
  • Gardens for outdoor event hosting



Bylaws

Domus Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are allowed
  • Domus is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction in place
  • Barbecues are permitted


Sustainability

Though sustainability became more and more of a concern as the 2000s went on, it took some time for the idea to really take hold. As Domus was built in 2003, it is not all that surprising that the building was not constructed with sustainability or green living in mind. Had it been built even three years later, there is a decent chance that it would have used sustainable materials, or at least had energy efficient features installed.

Not all is lost, however, as residents can help by taking actions to reduce their impact on the environment. For instance, they could start taking transit more often instead of driving, assuming that their schedules would allow for it. Another possibility would be recycling, assuming that they do not do so already.

Trivia

  • Qualex Landmark was the result of the merger between the Qualex and Landmark development firms in 2002, and an example of their other work would be Pomaria, the first LEED certified high-rise in Vancouver
  • Rafii Architects was founded by Foad Rafii, and his influence was so widespread he was named one of the ten architects that shaped the Vancouver of the day (circa 2001)[6]
  • A few of Yaletown's vintage structures still stand today as protected heritage buildings
  • The interior design was provided by Ledingham Design, a firm founded by the late Robert Ledingham in 1975


References

  1. BC Condos - Domus
  2. Wikipedia - Yaletown
  3. Walk Score
  4. 6717000 - Domus
  5. Domus on Youtube
  6. Wikipedia - Foad Rafii


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