OF THE DOUGLAS
A BALANCED DIALOGUE OF HISTORY AND FUTURE. NATURE AND CITY.
The Douglas Firs that lined the banks of False Creek were among the tallest trees in the world. These trees were the foundation of a thriving economy.
Grown selflessly to the highest of heights, a cross-cut layer from the trunk of a Douglas fir maps its journey from young seedling to learned parent. It spreads its fruit to propagate, using only the bare necessities for life to thrive and support a population. To this tree and process, we pay homage to The Douglas.
Our goal is simple, yet unimagined by predecessors. To craft the experience of human necessity in such a way that inspires growth of the body and mind. Every interaction adding a beneficial layer to one’s life, much like the rings of a tree.
Namesake: David Douglas
A celebrated botanist and explorer, David Douglas charted his way through western Canada, collecting and classifying its flora and recording the life of its people. Through his dedicated research came the discovery of his namesake, the Douglas fir, which stands strong in grandeur, supporting the landscape, industrialization, and commerce of Vancouver, from which the Douglas is crafted and cultured.
INSPIRED BY CANADA’S PREEMINENT MODERNIST ARCHITECT
Arthur Charles Erickson, (June 14, 1924 – May 20, 2009) was a Canadian architect and urban planner. He studied Asian languages at the University of British Columbia, and later earned a degree in architecture from McGill University.
Concrete, which he called
“the marble of our time.”
“He didn’t start the way most architects started. He actually started off with the earth, the landscape, and made something that inhabited the land.”
PHYLLIS LAMBERTNEW YORK TIMES, MAY 2009
Travel as inspiration: “Travel was key to Erickson’s creative process”, stated David Stouck. Travel and its link to creativity is the soul of the DOUGLAS guest.