Science World’s impressive building, built for Expo 86, looks like a golf ball, but the correct term is a geodesic dome, created and patented by American inventor R. Buckminster Fuller. Science World’s original architect was Bruno Freschi, and Boak Alexander helped transform the Expo Centre into today’s Science World. The dome includes 391 lights and 766 triangles. The extruded aluminum and aluminum panels that make up the dome weigh nearly seven tons.
Science World, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 443 7440
Designed by Norman Foster and opened in 2011, Jameson House combines retail, residential and office spaces into a uniquely designed cylindrical glass package. Vancouver has been nicknamed the “City of Glass” by local author Douglas Coupland, due to the city’s large amount of skyscrapers. Jameson House is just one of the buildings embracing a glass architectural aesthetic. Interior highlights include floor-to-ceiling glass, modern fixtures, high ceilings, and imported stone floors.
The Helmut Eppich House is a residential home in prestigious West Vancouver. It was built in 1972 by (and for) Arthur Erickson, who was a pioneer of the West Coast modernism style, which primarily involved incorporating the environment into the design. Factors considered include flat roofs; maximizing views with large windows and perfect building orientation; an unpainted concrete exterior; and open floor plans. The residential home has undergone interior renovations in recent years, but its exterior is still a testament to Erickson’s unique style.