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Builders of the Pacific Coast

Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shelter
 | 
October, 2008
ISBN:
9780936070438
In stock now: 
3
$43.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This gorgeous book by Lloyd Kahn (legendary “shelter” editor of the Whole Earth Catalog) features photos and interviews with brilliant designer-builders from
San Francisco
to the coastal islands of B.C. (including Cortes, Denman & Hornby islands). Many of the builders shown here got started in the counter-cultural era of the ’60s and ’70s and their lovely work has never been shown in books or magazine articles before.

From unique homesteads in Mendocino and Humboldt counties, to communities of self-built shelters on small islands in the Strait of Georgia, to charming beachfront houses on the “Wild Coast” of Vancouver Island, these structures and their creators are concepts from the ’60s that worked.

As in his previous books Shelter and Home Work, Kahn features three builders: Lloyd House, master craftsman and designer who has created a series of unique homes on a small island; Bruce Atkey, creator of a number of houses and lodges built of hand-split cedar on the Wild Coast, and Sun Ray Kelley, barefoot builder tuned in to nature, who has designed and built wildly imaginative structures in Washington and California. In addition, there are sculptural buildings of driftwood, homes that are beautiful as well as practical, live-aboard boats, and examples of awesome architectural design.

This journey into the creative processes of owner-built homes contains over 1000 photos featuring builders on Vancouver Island, surrounding islands, and the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver. Over a two-year period, Kahn made four trips to British Columbia shooting photos and interviewing builders. He discovered a wealth of creative design and imaginative architecture: unique buildings on Denman Island, Hornby Island, and Cortes Island; two amphitheaters built out of driftwood logs on the Sunshine Coast; cabins in the woods, homesteads on the beaches, and buildings in tune with their natural surroundings.

 Exploring innovative techniques, use of sustainable materials, and essential dedication to the natural elements surrounding their designs, Builders of the Pacific Coast offers stunning colour and black-and-white photographs, as well as detailed black-and-white drawings of the homes. This collection of unique and progressive designs creates a template for a future filled with forward-thinking, organic architecture.

Publisher’s Description: 

A continuation of Lloyd Kahns journeys into the creative processes of owner-built homes their innovative techniques, use of sustainable materials, and essential dedication to the natural elements surrounding their designs Builders of the Pacific Coast explores the aesthetics and skills of three master builders in California, Washington state, and the rugged terrain of British Columbia. The three featured craftsmen Lloyd House, Bruce Atkey, and Sun Ray Kelley combine imaginative architecture with innovative contexts: everything from unusual house-boats to sculptural dwellings made of driftwood are included. With stunning color and black-and-white photographs, as well as detailed black-and-white drawings of the homes, this collection of unique and progressive designs creates a template for a future filled with forward-thinking architecture.

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