Monthly Archives: June 2011

Art Deco

One of my favourite structures is the Marine building. Vancouver’s Art Deco masterpiece was designed by the architects McCarter and Nairne. When it was completed in 1930 it was the tallest building in the British Empire. The building’s terra cotta exterior is richly detailed and meant to look as if the building had risen from the sea and was still encrusted in marine animals, coral and kelp. Art Deco is an ornamental style with lots of details and wonderful symmetry. I have read that it was based on mathematical geometric shapes and it represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity.  Whenever I walk by the building with my camera I need to take some images.

© Jens Preshaw

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