A Refuge: Arthur Erickson

Selwyn Pullan, 1972. Collection of the West Vancouver Art Museum.

A Refuge: Arthur Erickson

West Vancouver Art Museum, West Vancouver, BC - To Jul 20

by Michael Turner

The “refuge” here is the Point Grey home that architect Arthur Erickson (1924–2009) purchased while teaching at UBC in 1957 and lived in until 1992. Rather than raze the 740-square-metre property and build a house of his own design, Erickson transformed conjoined garages and turned the remaining 650 square metres into an extraordinary self sustaining garden. When asked why he was content to live in a converted garage, he was known to reply, “Architecturally, this house is terrible, but it serves as a refuge, a kind of decompression chamber.”

Share this: