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Downs House II Book Launch
November 3, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The recently published monograph ‘Downs House II’ presents an original and comprehensive overview of the home that local architect Barry Downs built for his family in West Vancouver. This house of modest proportions presents the key and formative qualities that have come to represent a West Coast Modern idiom in architecture. With wood frame structure clad in cedar shingles, the house characteristically hovers above the rough terrain while remaining intimately engaged with its forest setting. While the dramatic panorama of the living area provides a signature moment in the experience of the house, a variety of more intimate views of the forest and granite outcrop provide a richly textured and ever-changing backdrop to domestic life.
The monograph is the second in a series initiated by the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia, highlighting the accomplishments of a generation of architects while acknowledging the fragility of their creations.
Please join us in launching this important new contribution to local architectural publishing, including a conversation between author Christopher Macdonald and the architect Barry Downs.
Where: Inform Interiors, 50 Water St
When: November 3rd, 5 to 7pm