A West Vancouver home designed by architect Arthur Erickson is slated for demolition, according to a new report from the North Shore News.
“I just think that whoever is making the decision should consider it very carefully,” said the internationally recognized Vancouver architect in a telephone interview Thursday, about the potential demolition of the Graham house, which was built on the side of a sheer rock face to the surprise of many who felt the site couldn’t be built upon.
Erickson designed and built the Graham house in 1963, on a rocky outcrop of a 40-foot cliff overlooking Horseshoe Bay. He described it as the house that “launched” his reputation “as the architect you went to when you had an impossible site.”
This is troubling news. Erickson, from Vancouver, is not universally revered in his hometown — but he is indisputably an iconic figure in architectural circles, and this particular work is a good example of his “organic” approach that integrates buildings with nature.