COMING | ARCHITECTURE :: WEST COAST MODERN HOME TOUR ::: WEST VANCOUVER MUSEUM

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Photo: Ezra Stoller / Esto www.esto.com

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Photo: Ezra Stoller / Esto www.esto.com

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Photo: John Fulker

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Photo: Steven Zhen Wang

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Photo: Steven Zhen Wang

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Photo: Steven Zhen Wang

Source; arthurerickson.com

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top: Gordon Smith, Wizard. Silkscreen.

bottom: Gordon Smith, November Sea, 1973. Acrylic on canvas.

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When you get a big name architectural photographer like Ezra Stoller (16 May 1915 – 29 October 2004) to shoot your projects, you’ve hit the big time.

Stoller’s iconic image (top) of Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey’s 1964 residence for acclaimed painter Gordon Smith and his wife Marion, meant that the architectural world was paying attention to this young duo’s talents. Simon Fraser University, built around the same time as the Smith House, sealed their reputation as architectural geniuses.

Le Corbusier wrote about the “architectural promenade.” In the photo above you can see how Erickson and Massey brought the outdoors inside and grouped the couple’s living spaces around a central courtyard. All perched on giant boulders on a cliff facing the Pacific Ocean. Nice!

Good friends of Erickson’s, I’ve always imagined the Smiths as ideal patrons. In any event, this house is in my top twenty in my list of homes designed by 20th century architects. It’s genius on stilts.

Gordon Smith


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Coast Modern Film.

From LA to Vancouver,

a legacy of inspired living

by the pioneers of

West Coast Modernist Architecture.

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NOT TO BE MISSED!

The West Vancouver Museum’s Fifth Annual West Coast Modern Home Tour:

smith-house

Photo: Simon Scott, c. 1975

Saturday 10 July 2010 from 11:00 to 18:00

Register NOW for our fifth annual West Coast modern home tour featuring spectacular architect designed homes! This tour takes you to five significant homes that embody West Coast modern design.

In addition to the bus tour, a self-guided option is available for those who would like to drive their own vehicle.

Call 604-925-7270 or click here to register

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