Explore Modernist buildings in downtown Vancouver on a guided walking tour led by DOCOMOMO CANADA/British Columbia members.
"Less is More," the phrase coined by the German designer Mies van der Rohe, aptly describes the Modern Movement that was begun in Europe in the 1920's and 1930's. Modernist designs were without historical precedent, they used new materials and technologies, and they conformed to a social ideal.
Vancouver developed an adaptation of the modern aesthetic known as West Coast Regional Style. Local designers used post-and-beam construction, stepped flat roofs with clerestory windows, and wide expanses of glass that integrated the house with the natural setting. The VHF is raising awareness about Vancouver's acclaimed Modernist architecture of the 1940s through 1970s which at the time established the city's reputation as a centre for progressive design and culture.