UBC SALA lecture date change - Henri Bava


IMPORTANT NOTE: This lecture was originally to be held Monday 22nd October and is now being held on Friday 26th October.

Next week we have the wonderful opportunity to have Henri Bava from Agence TER in Paris as our guest lecturer who will be discussing “Territories in Motion”. As you can see noted above, this lecture was originally to be held on Monday 22nd October however has been changed to Friday 26th October, starting at 6.30pm. The invitation of Henri Bava is made possible through the support of the French Consulate in Vancouver, as part of the Vis-à-Vis Architecture program, which is an initiative to connect French and Canadian architects. You won’t want to miss this fabulous opportunity! Remember, these lectures are free and open to the public.

Who:          Speaker Henri Bava
Where:      HR MacMillan Space Centre Auditorium - 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
When:        6.30pm Friday 26th October
What:         Lecture entitled "Territories in Motion"
                Cost:          Free admission


Selwyn Pullan book launch + house visits

Surely everyone has heard of this lovely book by now - and below is a very detailed roll-out schedule with amazing opportunities to get into Gerson, Baldwin, and Staples Residences. 

There is another opportunity to see Coast Modern film at Kay Meek Centre.

From the West Vancouver Museum:

Selwyn Pullan 

Please join us for the following special programs in conjunction with the Pullan 
exhibition and book:

Opening Reception and book launch
October 9, 2012 from 7pm
with the photographer in attendance
The exhibition runs from October 10 to December 15, 2012
All welcome, free admission
West Vancouver Museum
680 17th Street West Vancouver

Vancouver Book Launch
October 18, 6pm - 8 pm
All welcome, free admission
Inform Interiors
50 Water Street, Vancouver

Reception at the Gerson Residence, West Vancouver
 (Wolfgang Gerson Architect, 1958)
with the Gerson family

November 2, 7-9pm
Code for registration: 864367
Price: $ 65 (includes hors d'oeuvres,  a copy of signed book or your choice of a signed 8 x 10" print from 8 selected images from the book)
30 tickets available

Reception at the Baldwin Residence, Burnaby
 (Erickson & Massey Architects, 1965)
with Donald Luxton, FRAIC,CAHP, Principal, Donald Luxton and Associates Inc.
November 14, 7-9pm
Code for registration:864368
Price: $ 20 (includes hors d'oeuvres and a presentation about the Baldwin Residence)
 50 tickets available

Reception at the Staples Residence, West Vancouver
 (Erickson & Massey Architects, 1967)
with the Staples family
November 24, 3pm - 5pm
Code for registration:864370
Price: $ 65 (includes hors d'oeuvres, a copy of signed book or your choice of a signed 8 x 10" print selected from 8 images from the book)
30 tickets available

Film and Reception at the Kay Meek Theatre
featuring Coast Modern, a documentary film about West Coast Modern architecture from Los Angeles to Vancouver, with film directors in attendance.
The writers of the Pullan book will also be in attendance.
December 11, 7pm - 10pm
Code for registration:864371
Price: $ 15 (includes hors d'oeuvres and film)
135 tickets available

Book launch events are open to everyone and free of charge. Some events are limited to ticket holders only. Please register in advance. Our ticket prices include HST.

To obtain tickets, please phone 604-925-7270 or visit the District of West Vancouver registration website using the registration code listed above. For more information, please visit the Museum's website or call 604-925-7179.


UBC SALA lectures Fall 2012

Slightly late notice but here it is. Click on image to enlarge.

Many very cool speakers; too bad I wasn't around for Kim Nielsen's, but then I did hear him speak just earlier this year. 


Renfrew Community Pool

This week P4A is hosting a presentation by Ian Ross McDonald (who recently took a top award at Re:think competition) of Bruce Carscadden Architect. To celebrate this upcoming event, here are pictures of their cool local renewal project, Renfrew Community Pool. Enjoy!

All photography is via and belongs to Bruce Carscadden Architect.


Another Boyd Residence open house

Next public Open House is slated for July 22 (Sunday) 2 to 4. If you missed the last one, here is another chance!


Ron Thom's Boyd House

Another lovely Ron Thom House is on the market in search of one lucky owner. I got a chance to visit and it turned out to be one of my Thom favourites - definitely high up on that list. It is no wonder that it is the Boyd/McPhedron House that inspired young Paul Merrick to become an architect.

The house is modest but very well appointed - and much improved by the efforts of its current owner. The skylights she has had installed in many rooms of the house flood it with light, opening up dark and sheltered spaces fairly typical of Ron Thom's designs. The skylights combined with concrete block, clear hemlock siding, and a precast ornamental frieze in the manner of Frank Lloyd Wright make this house quite singular to me. 

The house is now listed and there will be an open house this Sunday July 15th from 2pm to 5 pm.

Until then, here is a mother lode of my photos (if you wish to see these bigger click on any one photo to view them bigger and as a slideshow):

Click here to see more of my images below the break....


Baldwin House - Image Mega Post

Recently I had a chance to visit Baldwin House on Deer Lake in Burnaby, designed by Arthur Erickson and finished in 1965. Currently the house is owned and managed by The Land Conservancy of British Columbia and is available for short term rentals

The house description:

    A cohesive expression of simple orthogonal lines and ultimate transparency, this structure reduces the idea of post and beam west coast modernism to its most refined elements. A fine example of the evolving talent of Erickson’s earlier work, this house is a landmark modern house in Burnaby and is unique in terms of sitting context.
     Only a single storey of this two storey house is visible from the road, as it is built into the hillside in response to its steep site and proximity to Deer Lake.  Like many other Erickson designs, this structure was conceived as a pavilion.  Constructed of glass and wood, its transparency facilitates visual access to the lake’s edge, acting as an invitation, rather than a barrier, to the landscape.  The house blends into the natural surroundings and the site includes other man-made landscape features such as a reflecting pool.
    The refined and purposeful design, transparency, openness of plan and adjacency to the lake combine to give the house a floating appearance at the water’s edge.
(TLC website

Below are more of my images - you can enlarge them by clicking on individual images. Works nicely for the panoramas: 

 Here is a lovely article on Baldwin House in BC Mag.
 An article with quite a few images on Designkultur.


Visit B.C. Binning's Residence

In what is becoming a biennial tradition, here is a great opportunity to visit B.C. Binning's House ( I wrote about it here) on Canada Day.  The Land Conservancy has guardianship of the house and are working hard to preserve this house and Arthur Erickson's house. Donate to sustain and to expand their efforts!


Annual West Coast Modern tour

There are still some tickets for sale for self-guided (in your own vehicle) spots for this year's West Coast Modern Home Tour on Saturday July 14th.

This year has been very popular with shuttle spots selling out a month and a half in advance! And all this before an official press release announcing which houses will be on the tour.

Organized by the West Vancouver Museum, the tour has been outstanding every year offering unique access to some of the best specimens of West Coast Modern style.

(Pratt Residence above)


Image Post - Buchanan Courtyard Pavilion

Among the Lieutenant Governor Awards 2012 in Architecture given out last friday WMW: Public Architecture picked up an Emerging Firm Award  - very cool! A very recent awesome project of theirs is the Buchanan Courtyard Renewal at UBC done together with landscape architects Phillips Farevaag  Smallenberg. Here are more images:

All images are property of Nic Lehoux and Public