This post is bad news/good news. The bad is that we are about to lose another spectacular midcentury house. Located in West Vancouver, British Columbia, the house designed by Arthur Erickson for David Graham in 1962 is on the verge of being brought down by its present owners.
Now for the good news. Another Erickson house, the Filberg Residence, was designed in 1958 and is on the market. This spectacular home looks to be in great shape.
Graham House Article – Globe and Mail
Filberg House – Real Estate site
Filberg House Article – Winnipeg Free Press
Filberg House Article – New York Times
Here is another occasional series that will profile Mid-Century Architects who practiced in other countries. Today’s profile is of Australian architect Hugh Buhrich. Originally from Hamburg, Germany, he made his way to Australia after being ejected by the Nazis. From his obituary in Architecture Australia: “Hugh Buhrich was an architect-constructor of exceptional ability who lived long enough to see most of his work either demolished or “improved beyond recognition”. Aware that, like his unstated mentor, Ernst Plischke in New Zealand, he too was an architect building at both the edge of the city – on cheap but difficult sites – and at the edge of a still nascent local Modern architectural culture, Hugh certainly understood that his work was always at risk.”
In his last interview (2004) in Architecture Australia, Buhrich’s own residence that was built between 1968 and 1972 is discussed. This house is now considered to be an architectural icon.
Copyright: State Library of New South Wales
Buhrich Collection of Architectural Drawings @ State Library of New South Wales