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22 DESIGNER PROFILE: ROBERT BAILEY Casually Elegant By Robin Schoffrel
30 FAR OUT HOMES: MONTECITO RESIDENCE Inspired by its Environment By Goody Niosi
46 ICONIC ARCHITECTURE: FRANK GEHRY Defying Definition By Hadani Ditmars
52 FEATURE HOME: OCEAN PARK HOUSE A High Performance Lifestyle By Claudia Kwan
62 ARCHITECT PROFILE: CRAIG AND MARSHALL A Creative Partnership By Claudia Kwan
66 DEFINING ICONIC
What Does it Mean and How is it Influencing Contemporary Architecture? By Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail
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74 HIGH PERFORMANCE HOMES What’s New in Eco Architecture and Design By Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail
78 CHRISTOPHE CARPENTE Telling the Story of Retail Design By Claudia Kwan
82 CORNELIA HAHN OBERLANDER Following Her Own Path By Claudia Kwan
86 IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT Historical and Contemporary Architectural Influence on Modern Furniture Design By Ben Vorst
94 ONCE UPON A TIME: DISHER HOUSE A Stroll Through Time and History By Kathryn Morrow
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26 LIVING 26 EXPRESSIONS: JANET ECHELMAN A Force of Nature By Laura Goldstein
40 CELEBRITY PROFILE: JANN ARDEN Keeping it Real By Michelle van der Merwe
90 TRANSFORMATIONS: THE SALT BUILDING Contemplating the Past; Toasting the Future By Hadani Ditmars
98 ART FIX: MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER The Todays of Yesterdays By Courtney Rosborough
102 ART FIX: WEST VANCOUVER MUSEUM West Coast Modernism By Courtney Rosborough
106 COMMUNITY CHARACTER: GASTOWN Where Vancouver Began By Bruce Macdonald
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Viewed from the ocean side, the Montecito Residence appears stark yet ethereal—all steel beams and glass. On closer inspection it might be mistaken for something industrial; even the front door boasts a locking mechanism that you’d more likely find in a bank vault than a home. But that is now. In a few years, a red-tailed hawk or an eagle might fly over the home and not give it a second glance. The steel of the siding and roof will oxidize, and the concrete is toned so that the house will blend more and more into the canyon landscape. The Montecito Residence is a single-family home set in fire-prone Toro Canyon near Santa Barbara. Tom Kundig, multi award-winning architect, principal and owner of Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle said that the house design was dictated by the environmental conditions of the site—sun, fire, wind and the arid landscape. “The owners acquired the site because of the dramatic ocean and mountain views and the privacy afforded by the 10-acre hillside site. The design was a direct response to the site conditions, both the challenges and the opportunities,” said Kundig. He added that prior to the clients acquiring the property, the site had been cleared and levelled, removing any sense of the arid hillside. “We saw our job as healing the site, so for the most part the landscape was restored to a natural state.” The owners also wanted a house that minimized the use of scarce natural resources and that was equal to the challenging environmental conditions. The design solution was to harvest and control the very climatic conditions that put the canyon so at risk for fire: the sun and the wind. The house is made of simple, fire-resistant materials—concrete, steel and glass—while exterior perforated metal screens on its west side can be lowered to provide shade for additional fire protection.
WORDS BY GOODY NIOSI PHOTOGRAPHS BY NIKOLAS KOENIG, TIM BIES AND JIM BARTSCH
VIEWED FROM ABOVE, FROM THE SLOPING FOOTHILLS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S SANTA YNEZ MOUNTAINS, THE MONTECITO RESIDENCE LOOKS LIKE AN EDIFICE DROPPED FROM AN ALIEN SPACECRAFT—ALL DRAMATIC ANGLES AND SWOOPING ROOFLINES.
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Canadian music icon Jann Arden is a gorgeous, smart, funny woman with a huge heart and immense talent. But she is not perfect and she’d be the first person to admit it. “I like people that, if you give them a little shake, little pieces break off of them—because they’re real,” says Arden. Betty Davis, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor—they are all broken in some way—but Arden loves strong women like them. “Adversity makes people really interesting. If you’re not failing you’re not living and that’s just the way I feel about it, although I don’t mean to sound dramatic.” A friend of Arden’s told her, “Jann, make sure that you’re living your eulogy and not your resume.” A sentiment that she has taken to heart and tries to live in everything she does. “I just love the way she put it,” says Arden of her friend’s advice. It means thinking about “all the things that make a life. You wouldn’t put that you love walking the dog on your resume.” But Arden does love walking her dog, Midi, who’s always right with her, watching her like a periscope. “I haven’t peed alone for five years,” Arden says. “She’ll find me wherever I am.” In order to really live your eulogy you sometimes have to push boundaries—something
that producer Bob Rock encouraged her to do on her new album—Everything Almost. “I think Bob was just having me walk a little farther out to the end of the plank. It wasn’t a fun record to make, I will say that.” Once the album was finished Arden realised she had been playing it safe. Rock pushed her to push herself beyond where she thought she could go. “I must have heard my name eight million times,” she says. “‘Jann, Jann, Jann—do you trust me?’ Not really.” Arden admits the process was a very humbling experience but the result is an album on which she “really sings.” When her record company remarked that they had never heard her sing like that before she told them “well, there’s a reason for that—I don’t.” Well, she may not have ever sung like this before but Arden has still earned 19 Top Ten singles and eight Juno awards over the years, along with many other accolades. But even with all her success she has remained close to her Alberta roots. “I just feel like I belong here. It’s what I know,” she says. “I travel all over the world and then I get back and its ‘oh, thank heavens.’” “Home is important. I know that some people struggle with what that means to them and I’m glad that I know that now.”
In 2008, with their children grown and in households of their own, the Stewarts sold their family home. Although they didn’t have an exact plan of action in place they did buy a lot five minutes away from their previous property. “It had an old shack/cottage with two bedrooms, one bathroom and no insulation to speak of,” says Jim. Kathy chimes in. “We realized we couldn’t live in the ‘shottage’ forever—we ended up being there for more than two years.” When the Stewarts engaged design firm Campos Leckie, they knew right off the bat that they would take the look and feel of their new house into the realm of the modern—distinctly differentiating it from the traditional residences surrounding it. However, by sticking to a calm palette of light grey concrete, pale bluish-grey stucco and honey-toned cedar the home announces its presence quietly. Even matte metal cladding—which could have been a risky choice—manages to blend in. “We’re happy with the iridescent finish in it,” says Campos Leckie principal and co-founder Michael Leckie. “It changes colour subtly depending on the weather and reads as a very soft metallic element.”
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DEFINING ICONIC WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND HOW IS IT INFLUENCING CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE?
BURJ AL ARAB HOTEL Considered the world’s most luxurious hotel and built on an artificial island 918 feet from Jumeirah Beach, the Burj Al Arab hotel is the most recognizable landmark in Dubai, UAE. Designed by British architect, Tom Wright. Photographs by Subbotina Anna.
THE NATIONAL GRAND THEATRE The spectacular glass and titanium egg-shaped National Grand Theatre, also known as the Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Surrounded by an artificial lake, the building seats 5,452 people and is home to an opera house, concert hall and drama theatre. Photographs by Songquan Deng (top) and Zhu Difeng (bottom).
WHAT MAKES ARCHITECTURE ICONIC? CD: It depends on context. Contemporary iconic architecture was born in Dubai and then went on to China. They are hungry to belong to the contemporary world and they get attention by creating the tallest buildings in the world, no marketing needed. GD: Iconic architecture was historically designed for kings and gods back when many people served the few. Today, many institutions and individuals can afford iconic architecture and it can give an exciting and unique face to a city. Bridges, identifiable towers and distinctive architecture give structure to our memory of a city. MG: It’s extraordinarily personal. Iconic means it relates to many people but no building can or should be all things to all people.
It seems that the use of the term “iconic” and its value when referring to architecture is an oft-debated subject these days. Is a building iconic simply because it is extremely tall or has an unusual form? Or should the term only be used to recognize architecture that is not only beautiful and perhaps unique in some way, but a functional, thoughtful and sustainable addition to its immediate environment? We spoke to three prominent Canadian architects and designers about iconic architecture and they did not hold back. Chris Doray is design principal at Chris Doray Studio, Gene Dub is owner and principal at Dub Architects and Michael Green is principal at Michael Green Architecture. Here are their thoughts:
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Spain’s beauty is well known and includes architecture that stands among some of the best in the world. However, its Catalan Modernism architecture—born of protest and pride—often falls silent, its independence cry muffled. Learn about the history of Modernisme: The Catalonian Renaixança.
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CELEBRITY PROFILE: JANN ARDEN Page 40-45 Jann Arden, jannarden.com; Photographs by Ema Peter, emapeter.com; Image retouching provided by Christine Faminoff, christinafaminoff.com; Creative Direction by Karla Peckett with Homes & Living magazine, hlmagazine.com; Make-up by Rene Menendez, renefrancisco.com; On location at Yellow Door Bistro, yellowdoorbistro.ca; A big thank you to Hotel Arts for their hospitality, hotelarts.ca
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Page 66-72 DEFINING ICONIC Page 66 Burj Al Arab Hotel: jumeirah.com; Designed by British architect Tom Wright, wkkarchitects.com; Photographs by Subbotina Anna, shutterstock.com Page 67 The National Grand Theatre: Photographs by Songquan Deng, shutterstock.com; Zhu Difeng, shutterstock.com Page 68 St. Mary Axe, known informally as the Gherkin: Designed by Foster and Partners, fosterandpartners.com; Photographs by Dan Breckwoldt, shutterstock.com; Ron Ellis, shutterstock.com Page 68-69 Edmonton City Hall: Designed by architect Gene Dub, dubarchitects.ca; Photographs by Bruce Raynor, shutterstock.com Page 69 Indian Institute of Management: Designed by American architect Louis Kahn; Photograph by Scott Norsworthy, shutterstock.com Page 70 Beijing National Stadium: Designed by architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, herzogdemeuron.com; Photograph by Eastimages, shutterstock.com Page 72 Vancouver House: Renderings provided by Westbank Projects Corp., westbankcorp.com Page 74-76 HIGH PERMORMANCE HOMES Page 74-75 The In-Between House: Photograph provided by Michel Labrie Architect inc., mlarchitect.ca; Photograph by Roger Brooks Photography, rogerbrooks.ca; Solar assessment rendering by Michel Labrie Architect inc. Page 76 PowerPipes: RenewABILITY Energy Inc., renewability.com Page 78-80 CHRISTOPHE CARPENTE Architecture and Design by Christophe Carpente, caps-architects.com; All photographs provided by CAPS Page 78 De Beers Jewellers Vancouver: Photograph by Alexander Gerchikov Page 79 Escada, Los Angeles: Photographs by Jean-Philippe Defaut Page 80 Dunhill, New York: Photographs by Edi Huber Page 82-85 CORNELIA HAHN OBERLANDER Landscape Architecture by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, corneliaoberlander.ca Page 82 Portrait photograph provided by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Page 82-85 Photographs by Michael Elkan, michael-elkan.photoshelter.com Page 86-88 IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT Page 86-87 Form Follows Function: Photograph provided by Daan Mulder (Designer), daanmulder.eu; Wave Series: Photograph provided by Merganzer Furnitur, merganzer.com Page 88 Zero Chaise: Photograph provided by Nolen Niu, Inc., nolenniu.com; Light and Space, Photograph provided by EGO Paris, egoparis.com
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