This comprehensive monograph includes cultural and institutional projects, such as the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, the National Library of Quebec in Montreal, and a major addition to the Winnipeg Centennial Library; schools, notably the Seabird Island School and the Strawberry Vale School; and a series of residences, including the Shaw house, with a dramatic elevated lap pool, and the inventive Petite Maison du Weekend (Small Weekend House), a prototype for a self-sufficient holiday house for two.
As a tendency toward formalism returns to architecture, a number of practitioners are investigating the outer limits of tectonic expression. Vanguard architects are extending the boundaries of conventional construction to respond specifically to programmatic and site requirements. This book presents four practices whose buildings push poetic construction to new extremes: Enric Miralles (Barcelona), Gunter Behnisch (Stuttgart), Mecanoo (Delft), and Patkau Architects (Vancouver).
Numerous examples of this Canadian team’s award-winning work are showcased in this volume (1983-1994). The book opens with a wide-ranging consideration of this team’s work. Formed in Vancouver in 1984 by John and Patricia Patkau and Michael Cunningham, this firm has won many design awards and represented Canada in the 1996 Venice Biennale. Their professional activities include lecturing at North American and European universities.
Ten projects from the firm whose poetic creativity is at the forefront of contemporary Canadian architecture.