Modernist apartment building #2

845 Chilco Street, Vancouver, 1972

845 Chilco Street, Vancouver, 1972

This is part 2 in a series. It’s Lost Lagoon Terrace at 845 Chilco in Vancouver, built in 1972, another example of 1960s/70s modernist apartment architecture. The undulating patterned concrete tile extends the whole way up the front face. Whatever happened to patterned concrete, and why are the 1970s the most reviled of all decades, when the 1980s are so much more deserving of dislike? I realize not everyone likes it—my boyfriend included—but to me the patterned section has aged really well. This abstract ornamentation is typical of modernist concrete architecture from this era, which tended to be minimalist except for one or two subtle decorative features, often with this primitive look. Once affordable, 845 Chilco now contains million-dollar condos, one per floor. With that most exotic of features, private keyed entry off the elevator.

845 Chilco Street, Vancouver, 1972

845 Chilco Street, Vancouver, 1972

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3 Responses to “Modernist apartment building #2”

  1. Mr. Bluehaunt Says:

    I am a great fan of patterned concrete (or terra cotta used in a similar fashion). I think I have a 50’s book that shows how to do this in a mud pit. This building is a great example! Thanks for posting!

  2. Laura Says:

    Beautiful. What a treasure!

  3. Rhea Says:

    Great!

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