Gordon Atkins: Architecture 1960-95 by Graham Livesey

By Graham Livesey

Gordon Atkins practised structure in Calgary, Alberta from the early Sixties till the past due Nineties. Early in his occupation he confirmed himself as one of many brightest younger architects in Canada. for instance, he was once the 1st Alberta architect to win a Massey Medal, which he did in 1967. considered one of a bunch of unique Prairie-based architects, Atkins constructed a small, yet generally acclaimed physique of labor. each one layout spoke back to his client's specifications, and to the prairie and foothills landscapes of Alberta. His structure levels from the expressive to the standard protecting all through an uncompromising glossy stance. incorporated within the booklet is an essay exploring Gordon Atkins' function as an architect, an interview with Atkins that explores intimately his layout philosophy, formative education, and upbringing. This hugely illustrated quantity positive factors 16 tasks that span so much of his occupation.

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In fairness to what the system imposes on you, to take a major commission, a university building or an institutional building, and putting five or six years of your life into it, is a real challenge. The little control that you actually have is minimal. On the other hand you take a glass, or a spoon, or a chair and it is easy to conceptualize and have the simplicity we have been talking about. From that point of view I always felt that there were two other areas that I would have been just as successful at: photography and industrial design.

The framework is an alternating pattern of exposed roughsawn two-by-four studs. To the framing is nailed one-by-four horizontal cedar boards, then one inch of rigid insulation and finally one-by-four alternating diagonal siding. A vertical batten covers joints and provides vertical emphasis to the unbroken surface. Flooring throughout is stained one-by-six lodgepole pine screwed and dowelled to a diagonal sub floor sheathing. Storage units, beds, bunks, and tables are all built-in. This precisely describes the assembly of the exterior walls, the studs that are normally sheathed on both sides are here exposed in an alternating pattern of single and double studs, with corresponding single and double rafters.

I've done the things that I needed and wanted to do and now it is time to move on into different phases of my life. 24 PROJECTS CHAPEL, CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Waterton, Alberta • 1962 A summer chapel designed for a building committee representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The building committee included six local group presidents, three bishops, the Park Superintendent, and federal government representatives. The committee was in charge of supervising approximately eight hundred new church buildings a year.

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