“Less is More”, the phrase coined by the German designer Mies van der Rohe, aptly describes the Modern Movement that began in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. Modernist designs were without historical precedent, they used and exposed new materials and technologies, and they conformed to new social ideals of embracing the outdoors, open plan living and functional design.
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 connected interiors with nature and natural light. VHF’s Mid-Century Modern House Tour celebrates the achievements of Vancouver architects from the 1940s through to the 1970s and beyond. As these mid-century homes reach their 5th, 6th and even 7th decade it is important to create awareness about the significance of this era of design and appreciate the long-standing contributions their innovations have had on our city’s development. Through this tour and other educational events we can better understand the simple beauty of a Modernist’s take on the ideal home.