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Arthur Erickson, 1924 – 2009

May 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

You can’t walk around Vancouver without being affected by Arthur Erickson’s work, and I was especially lucky to have had a chance to work in a studio in one of his buildings (the Evergreen Building on West Pender, now condos).

To me, Erickson’s buildings *are* Vancouver – they engage the geography and climate, the warm tints of their concrete age beautifully with their moss-covered surfaces;  they seem a perfect contrast to the endless glass that makes up contemporary Vancouver architecture.

I don’t know much about his involvement in the planning of the downtown as we know it, but on the whole, downtown appears to have benefited greatly from his influence (especially when compared to the Law Courts in the heart of the city): lots of room for people to move on foot, a near-perfect combination of work & play and just enough originality in design to give the city its own personality.

Arthur Erickson passed away this week at age 84.   CBCVancouver SunTwitter

The Law Courts stairs.

Evergreen Building (pre-condo refit). Praxis was on the top right corner.

Evergreen Building (detail)

View from Praxis’ balcony in the Evergreen Building (looking north)

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  • 1 Bruce Campbell // May 21, 2009 at 8:46 am

    He is survived by a significant impact on the vancouver cityscape. He was definitely Vancouver’s entry in the club that also lists Foster & Rogers as among its members. Nice write up, thanks Oliver.