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* Mondrian 1 - 989 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC

* Mondrian 2 - 969 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC


The two Mondrian towers seen from the West, facing East
Building Information
Developer Bosa Properties Inc.
Architect Rafii Architects Inc
Management Company National Pacific
Number of Units 344
Number of Floors Mondrian 1 has 21 & Mondrian 2 has 30
Year Built Mondrian 1 was built in 2001 and Mondrian 2 in 2002
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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989 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 options nearby
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning DD
Title of Land Strata



The Mondrian complex on Richards Street

The Mondrian is a mixed-use development in downtown Vancouver featuring two high-rise residential towers sequentially named Mondrian 1 and 2, some townhouses at street level, and the Contemporary Art Gallery. Rafii Architects Inc. designed this complex that was completed in 2002. Mondrian 1 or simply "Mondrian" was the first building done in 2001 on 989 Richards Street with 21 stories. Mondrian 2 followed in 2002 located on 969 Richards Street with 30 floors. There are 344 suites in total.

The Mondrian gets its name from Piet Mondrian, a Dutch modernist painter famous for his simple grid-like paintings with primary colours and bold lines. He was a member of the De Stijl art movement, also referred to as Neoplasticism, which flourished in the Netherlands.

This artistic movement sought to find spiritual harmony and order through the pure abstraction of lines and colours, reducing them to their simplified forms - hence the primary colours (plus black and white) and straight lines in either a vertical or horizontal direction.[1] The bright reds, blues, and yellows in Mondrian's paintings are easily recognizable and have inspired many other Mondrian residential buildings with coloured window blocks or balconies in cities such as Ottawa and Victoria.[2][3]

The Mondrian complex in Vancouver doesn't reference the painter in terms of its colours, but there is the Contemporary Art Gallery on the ground floor attached to the development, providing the towers some artistic context to match its namesake. The Contemporary Art Gallery specializes in modern art.


The Mondrian towers are located on 969 and 989 Richards Street, between Nelson and Smithe Streets in Yaletown. This area is known for its collection of art galleries, and residents living at The Mondrian have an easy arts fix with the Contemporary Art Gallery located on ground level. The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre is a popular community centre for residents to check out recreation and arts classes.

There's a SkyTrain station named Yaletown-Roundhouse that is part of the Canada Line and which residents can easily walk to. For the Expo and Millennium Lines, Granville Station and Stadium-Chinatown Station are also close by.

The Mondrian's location is central to all urban amenities - shopping, dining, culture and recreation. Nearby outdoor places include Yaletown Park, Helmcken Park, Emery Barnes Park, and David Lam Park. The Seawall is just a few blocks away speckled with many public art works and parks along its scenic route. Residents with an interest in music or dance have plenty of choices in terms of music and dance studios nearby such as Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's School of Music, Let's Dance Studio, Salsa Studio, and Tom Lee music store and studio.

In terms of shopping, Robson Street is two blocks north for high-end boutique stores. Pacific Centre Mall is another option downtown. Many coffee shops and restaurants are close at hand, including Starbucks, Blenz Coffee, La Terazza, Games Big Fish, Earls, Yaletown Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Hamilton Street Grill, The Pinnacle, Urban Thai Bistro, Cactus Club Cafe, George Lounge and many more.[4] Nesters Market is just around on the corner on Seymour Street for groceries.

The streets are flat and many have designated bike lanes, making it ideal for cyclists.[5]


Detail of the towers

The Mondrian towers are elegant concrete high-rises with an attractive concrete facade and full rainscreen.[6] They were designed in the modernist style by Rafii Architects Inc. 969 Richards Street (Mondrian 2) is visibly higher coming in at 31 floors.

Its sister building on 989 Richards Street (Mondrian 1) has 20 stories. Both buildings have visual design details linking them together like an arched pediment-type roof repeated below at the two entrances.

The exterior facades feature a distinguished central panel of balconies stacked on top of one another and surrounded by concrete supports that gradually flare outwards as they approach the roof. Windows flank both sides of the balconies. Townhouses fill the space at ground level between the two towers.

Layout and Features

The Mondrian development features units ranging from studios to two bedrooms with penthouse suites and townhouse suites also available. The larger suites on the upper floors have two bedrooms plus a den and solarium, as well as balconies affording great views of the city skyline.[7]

The interiors are modern and elegant with open floor plans, maple hardwood floors and cabinetry, gas stoves and fireplaces, halogen pendant lighting and double paned windows. The kitchens feature stainless steel counter tops and appliances, telescopic faucets, and a "Mondrian Island" to prepare and cook meals. The spa-like bathrooms have deep soaking tubs, ceramic floor tiles and tub surround, and recessed glass toiletry shelves.[6] Shag carpets are in the bedrooms, and there is also large in-suite storage in the units.

Floor Plans

Here is a sample floor plate and floor plan at The Mondrian:


The Mondrian towers share the following high-class amenities:

  • "Spa Mondrian" featuring private massage therapy studio, kickboxing area, hot tub, steam room, and fitness studio
  • Changing rooms and showers
  • Two guest suites
  • Underground parking
  • Landscaped courtyards
  • Bicycle storage
  • "Skybar" billiards lounge, wet bar, and multimedia room


Mondrian Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

Pets and rentals are welcome at The Mondrian. There is no age restriction.[8] Outdoor gourmets will be pleased to know that barbecues are permitted.

Nightly rentals are prohibited, the minimum stay for a tenant is one month.


The Mondrian development boasts a number of 'green' building design features on the outside and inside such as a solid concrete rainscreen,[7] halogen lighting in the entry and kitchen, energy-efficient gas fireplaces as well as stainless steel appliances. The Mondrian's central location also acts as a sustainability feature, encouraging residents to reduce their carbon footprint by walking or taking public transit for day-to-day errands.


A Mondrian-inspired dress by Yves Saint Laurent
The Contemporary Art Gallery on Nelson Street
  • The Mondrian has some security features such as distress buttons in the parking lot and an Enterphone camera. The building also has a rear-lane loading area making it easy for residents to move into their suite. There are elevators in both buildings.[9]
  • The Contemporary Art Gallery is a non-profit public art gallery established in the early 1970s where it provided a space for many of Vancouver's now well-known artists to initially exhibit their work. The Gallery promotes contemporary visual art by local and international artists. The CAG moved into their new facility on 555 Nelson Street that was built under the City of Vancouver's Amenity Bonus program in collaboration with Bosa Ventures Inc, the group who developed The Mondrian complex.[10]
  • One of Piet Mondrian's most famous paintings include Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930. He did numerous other paintings in a similar style, and his influence has spread to many imitations in architecture, home decor, and fashion.


  1. Wikipedia-De Stijl
  2. Texting the City
  3. Vancouver Sun article
  4. BC Condos - Mondrian
  5. Walk Score
  6. 6.0 6.1 BC Condos-Mondrian 2
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wayne Pasco-Mondrian 1
  8. Condo in Vancouver
  9. Les Twarog & Sonja Pedersen
  10. Contemporary Art Gallery

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