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Raincoast

The West Coast Modern House

$45.00

Raincoast

The West Coast Modern House

$45.00

Editor: Greg Bellerby (2014)

Country of Origin: Canada

Materials: Paperback

Dimensions: 9" x 11"

Why is it Special?

A landmark study of one of Canada’s most important architectural movements, The West Coast Modern House chronicles the development of Vancouver residential architecture from the 1940’s through its continued influence on contemporary practice. The post-war era in Vancouver defined what has become popularly known as the “West Coast Style.” Through the work of seminal figures such as BC Binning, Ned Pratt, Ron Thom, Fred Hollingsworth, Douglas Simpson, Barry Downs and Arthur Erickson, Vancouver architects won national awards and international recognition for their innovative house designs. This period is now seen as one of the most important in the city’s architectural history. Focusing on the years from 1940 to the mid-1960’s, The West Coast Modern House features over fifty examples of modern houses. The book is richly illustrated by photographs taken at the time by noted architectural photographers Graham Warrington, Selwyn Pullan and John Fulker. Essays by Greg Bellerby, Jana Tyner and Chris Macdonald elaborate on the history and innovative design strategies of the early period, through to an examination of the ways modern architectural concerns are being used by contemporary practitioners. The West Coast Modern House enables the reader to come to a greater understanding of the significance of modern residential architecture on the west coast and the persistence and relevance of its innovative design, material and construction strategies.