Helliwell and Smith are the inheritors of the organic tradition of modernism. They have been deeply involved with the ecology and topography of southern British Columbia and its interweave of sea, forest, and rock. At the same time, they have always been open to ideas and influences from the rest of the world, translating and adapting them to their area.
Blue Sky's work has shown how the principles of Arts and Crafts Modernism can be brought to houses on the West Coast and enriched: ecological consciousness; deep respect for site and user program; craftsmanly involvement with process to generate buildings that are constructively coherent both techtonically and intellectually. The buildings are kindly, and tender to humankind and nature, which are both enriched by their existence.
Preface by Peter Davey
Picturesque, Tectonic, Romantic
Helliwell + Smith Blue Sky Architecture