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1055 Richards Street, Vancouver


A picture of Donovan overlooking Richards Street
Building Information
Developer Cressey Development
Architect Rafii Architects
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 152
Number of Floors 18
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1055 Richards Street, Vancouver
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby, can access Skytrain via bus
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Strata



A shot of the building's entrance

The Cressey Development Group has a well founded reputation for developing quality buildings in Vancouver. By the same token, Richards Street is well known for being an upscale area of Vancouver, packed to the brim with shops, cafes, and luxury residences. As a result, Donovan had some very lofty expectations thrust upon it, seeing the area it was going to be built in and the firm that was responsible for it.

Fortunately for all involved, there needn't have been any worries. Donovan is an 18 floor, 152 unit tower standing in the heart of one of the city's trendiest areas. Made from an elegant combination of concrete and glass, the structure's handsome exterior meshes well with the environment that surrounds it; a credit to Rafii Architects, Donovan's designers.[1]

Just steps away from the high energy nightlife of Yaletown and packed with all kinds of luxurious features and amenities, there is no doubt that Donovan has staked its claim as one of Vancouver's most sought after residences - though considering its pedigree, it may be difficult to summon up some surprise.


Located at 1055 Richards Street, Donovan finds itself in quite the enviable location, just a few blocks from the Yaletown are of Downtown Vancouver. Originally an industrial hub for Vancouver consisting mainly of warehouses and rail yards, it found itself undergoing massive redevelopment due to the 1986 World's Fair. As a result, it was transformed into one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in the city, with space being taken up by retail businesses, offices, nightclubs, residences, and of course the heritage buildings from its original incarnation.[2]

Residents will be glad to know that there are a wealth of shops, boutiques, and restaurants all close to Donovan, with many of them being within easy walking distance. For the one that aren't, however, there are 51 Translink bus stops in the vicinity. In addition, Vancouver's elevated light rail system, the SkyTrain, is available as well, with the combined coverage of the two services ensuring that no part of the city is ever out of reach. This means that, should one choose to live at Donovan, they can make that choice knowing that ownership of a vehicle is a luxury, and not a necessity.[3]


Though Donovan is very much a modern condominium, one can be forgiven for thinking otherwise upon first glance. Rafii Architects expertly blended modern influences with older, albeit timeless design choices, making Donovan look like the product of two eras.

The glass and concrete exterior is elegant without being overstated, with the projections from the various balconies giving the building more presence, keeping it from being too staid.

The wider base structure segueing upwards into a taller central section is another nice touch, and gives Donovan more of a sense of individuality as compared to the typical cube-shaped complexes one may expect when thinking about apartment buildings.

Layout and Features

An example of a kitchen

Anyone who lives at Donovan will certainly not be lacking for comfort. The residences come in four configurations; one bedroom, one bedroom with den, two bedroom with den, and finally two bedroom townhouse units, complete with upper floor. In terms of size, the smallest one bedroom unit is 573 square feet, while the largest configuration is 1777 square feet. The units come very well equipped, with the kitchens featuring granite counter tops and Miele appliances while the bathrooms boast designer vanity lighting and frame-less glass showers.

Other features include hardwood flooring and washers/dryers supplied by Whirlpool.[4]

Floor Plans

The full complement of Donovan's floor plans is available from their website:[5]


A list of some of Donovan's amenities is below:

  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
  • Rooftop garden
  • Storage locker
  • Underground parking with 188 stalls
  • Fireplace lounge


Donovan Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Rentals are allowed
  • Pets are permitted
  • There is no age restriction in place
  • Barbecues are permitted


Cressey Development Group built Donovan to be a green building, with the greatest evidence for this coming in the form of its high-tech geothermal heating system.

Utilizing the natural heat energy coming from the ground in lieu of generating it using electricity like conventional heating, the geothermal setup greatly reduces the amount of energy used by Donovan.

In addition, the structure's air conditioning system has been designed to be energy efficient and eco-friendly, reducing the building's carbon footprint even further.


  • The Cressey Development Group is an extremely prolific Vancouver developer, with over 200 buildings in their portfolio
  • Donovan's total floor area is 125,025 square feet
  • The InSight Design Group was responsible for interior design[6]


  1. Main page of official site
  2. Yaletown on Wikipedia
  3. Walk Score
  4. Details
  5. Floor Plans
  6. Donovan on

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