One of the many homes featured in architecture documentary Coast Modern.

West Coast design highlighted in film

Architecture Documentary will be screening on Saturday at Vancouver Island University.

A Vancouver-based independent documentary that showcases West Coast modernist architecture will be screening in the Harbour City this coming weekend.

The film, titled Coast Modern, will be playing at Vancouver Island University’s Malaspina Theatre on Saturday (Sept. 20).

Coast Modern was created by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome and focuses on the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture and designs that ultimately became some of their best works.

“It is a beautifully shot documentary,” said event organizer Stephanie Watkins, “We are really excited that they [Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome] are coming over to Nanaimo.”

The documentary premiered a year ago on the Knowledge Network and has since been screening at locations throughout North America.

Coast Modern features interviews with a number of respected artists, designers and architects including Douglas Coupland.

“He [Coupland] is really supportive of this type of architecture,” Watkins said.

Watkins, who is an interior designer herself and the former producer and host of the television show Island Homes, said Nanaimo has some excellent examples of West Coast modern style houses.

“The Beach Estates and Departure Bay areas have many houses in this style,” she said. “So I think the film is relevant to our community.”

Watkins explained that anyone who is into design will appreciate the film.

“They are going to love it,” she said. “They are going to get some history on residential modern architecture on the West Coast.”

Even those who aren’t architectural enthusiasts will enjoy the documentary, she said.

“It celebrates, not just the architecture, but it celebrates nature on the West Coast, Watkins said.

Coast Modern screens at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 each.

There will a question period with Bernard at the end of the event.

For more information, please visit

arts@nanaimobulletin.comTwitter: @npescod


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nanaimo Airport’s $14-million expanded terminal officially opens

Departure lounge, security and baggage areas improved

Nanaimo athletes shine at B.C. Winter Games

Youths from Nanaimo win 19 of Vancouver Island team’s 44 medals

Officials say no drought worries with below-normal snowpack

Snow pillow nearest to Nanaimo at 69 per cent of normal levels, says B.C. government official

Affordable apartments planned for Nanaimo’s Brechin Hill neighbourhood

Proposed development would be near Terminal Park plaza and B.C. Ferries’ Departure Bay terminal

Storm score a Game 2 win against Buccaneers

VIJHL playoff series between Nanaimo and Campbell River tied 1-1

Beefs & Bouquets, Feb. 27

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

Toddler killed in Squamish grocery store parking lot

Child’s mother taken to hospital but her condition is not known

Francophone festivities in Nanaimo this weekend

French Canadian culture and cuisine highlight Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d’Érable

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

B.C. mother, daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Bald eagle hit by train in northern B.C. has a chance of survival

The raptor has been taken to OWL in the Lower Mainland for recovery

Most Read