Case Study: Barnes House, Patkau Architects

Based on our interests and style of drawing, each person in our class was assigned a specific architect or firm’s work to study and emulate, in order to practice the euphemism “learning by doing” in an act of immersive, faithful, and interpretive mimesis. This exercise involved a minutely detailed scaled reproduction of a set of your “alter ego”s drawings, using photographs, monographs, and research.

Patkau Architects, a group with a close relationship to UBC’s School of Architecture and Architecture, designed and built the Barnes House in Nanaimo, BC on a distinctly forested and rocky outcropping. I chose this set of drawings for their unique way of dealing with the terrain (& the subsequent “fake” section), and perspective in the roof and stair. The Patkaus are largely renowned for their honing of the west coast modern style and what Kenneth Frampton deems “critical regionalism.”

Along with a large scale poster, we also envisioned our alter egos as hockey players; collectible, representable. The subsequent Patkau “trading card” that resulted exploits their trademark heavy groundline to create a timeline of important works, from marriage, to present day.

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Sources & Further Reading

Frampton, Kenneth. Patkau Architects. The Monacelli Press. 2006.

Patkau Architects. “Barnes House.”

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