7/29/11

Hollingsworths galore

Between seeing a Fred Hollingsworth house on a West Vancouver home tour earlier this month and two of his current houses currently on the real estate market, this is turning into a Hollingsworth month. As luck would have it, one of the latter will have its open house this Saturday from 2 to 4 pm at 3635 Sunnycrest Drive in North Vancouver.

The two sisters are selling their late father's house and are hoping to sell it to someone who can do justice to the work. The house has not been altered and is still the way Fred hollingsworth designed it. I hope to get some better ones during the open house to post here.



















Meanwhile another gem is up for grabs in North Vancouver. It is a real star. Moon Residence is such a quintessential earlier Hollingsworth - a perfect mix of Wright's influence, West Coast design principles with a character that is all Hollingsworth. An outstanding design. The listing provides great images to give you a sense of the place:



















There is also a video:




I will add the house from the tour shortly too!

7/11/11

Elspeth Pratt at Offsite


If you have not had a chance to check out Elspeth Pratt's installation "Second Date" at Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite (located by the Shangri-La lobby at West Georgia and Thurlow). From Art Daily:
In this latest installation, Pratt transforms Offsite through subtle dislocations in the existing architecture—rigid angles become curves, opaque surfaces are lined with reflective skins, and dark stone is covered with bright rubber. These changes challenge the impulse to standardize our built environment. Inspired by the Aqua Tower in Chicago (2009) by Studio Gang Architects, Pratt’s transformation of Offsite reorients our perception of the space and its architectural framing. Pratt’s work deftly comments on ideas of ornamentation in contemporary architecture, while calling for an examination of the neutrality of spaces designed for public access. 
Do go see it - it is really awesome both as art and space. Neutral it is not!

7/5/11

RE-BLOGGED: Vancouver Lights: Carmichael Residence

Vancouver Lights: Carmichael Residence: "Ron Thom's 1957 Carmichael residence is on the market . This is one of Thom's Wright-inspired hexagonal houses and shares a common langua..."