Catton House [1967]

Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey

The prolific Canadian architect and urban planner Arthur Erickson is well known for massive civic works, coupled with a striking portfolio of houses (many of which were designed with longtime collaborator Geoffrey Massey) that tackle difficult terrain. The Cattan House is no exception, comprising a series of horizontal platforms that step with the grade of the steep slope above the Strait of Georgia, with glazed walls lightly delineating the spaces. A master of concrete, Erickson’s works also displayed an acute understanding of timber as displayed in the Catton House with its blend of cedar, oak floors, mahogany doors and cabinets cut to 1″ x 3″ providing a soft palette to focus on transient spatial qualities and panoramic vignettes outwards.

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