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Courtesy of Leah Mallen

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet
Map & Directions

Directed by Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome



56 minutes


Presented as part of the Houston Modern Market Week Film Festival, April 15–22.

Traveling along the Pacific Northwest coastline from Los Angeles to Vancouver, this documentary showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies. Audiences go inside the most-inspired dwellings on the West Coast and see how the light and space of a classic Modernist home can work in collaboration with the environment.

Architect Dion Neutra explains that the way to live is to have "the comfort of being inside, yet the feeling of being outside," and it is this established principle that contemporary Modernist architects are emulating and evolving. Interviewed in Coast Modern are some of the most-respected names in architecture, including James Steele, Barbara Lamprecht, Ray Kappe, Hernik Bull, Pierluigi Serraino, Michael Folonis, Dion Neutra, Douglas Coupland, John Cava, Barbara Bestor and legendary photographer Julius Shulman.