Modern residential architecture on the West Coast is often a representation of the lifestyle, climate and environment unique to the region. I grew up in Portland Oregon, and some of the most beautiful modern homes, perched up on the hills overlooking the city, maintain a relaxed live-ability. Sometimes, it is due to the choice of materials for the project, other times the orientation and connection to the incredible landscape. No matter the expression, West Coast Modernism maintains its own distinct identity.
A new film titled Coast Modern explores Modernism of the region. The film ”is an independent documentary by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome. Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. Stepping inside the most inspired dwellings on the west coast, we feel how the light and space of a classic Modernist home can work in collaboration with the natural environment. Dion Neutra tells us that the way to live is to have ‘the comfort of being inside, yet you have the feeling of being outside’, and it is this established principle that contemporary Modernist architects are emulating and evolving.”
“This relaxed journey takes us across three generations of Modernist architecture, all finding beauty in their own times, and all taking us back to the basics of true living – a sense of place, light, and a deep connection to the earth. Interviewed in Coast Modern are some of the most respected names in architecture, including James Steele, Barbara Lamprecht, Ray Kappe, Hernik Bull, Pierluigi Serraino, Michael Folonis, Dion Neutra, Douglas Coupland, John Cava, Barbara Bestor and legendary photographer Julius Shulman.”