Artist/owner Chris Griffin hand toweled the fly ash concrete and etched his artistic engravings onto the sides of the building.
Canadian artist Christopher Griffin and his wife, spa and beauty boutique owner Oresta Korbutiak hired LB to turn their prairie-style home into a residence with a ground floor commercial space for her spa and boutique.
The successful architectural design had to produce cohesion between three elements - the existing structure, the new design and the art the client wanted to incorporate into the exterior walls of the building.
Design Insight - Artist At Work
Fly ash concrete cures quickly. Chris needed to work just as fast for his artistic vision to come to life.
Departure from Convention
His work borrows heavily from the animal kingdom, so it seemed entirely natural that Chris Griffin used a series of bones, collected on his world travels, as tools for the art that adorns the exterior cladding.
From the beginning of the design process, incorporating sustainable elements and reclaimed materials was extremely important.
Sustainable Elements Include:
Fly ash concrete cladding
Reclaimed barn wood from the existing home’s interior walls
Solar powered water heating
Green roof canopy
Soy based insulation
This home was named winner of the 2009 Ottawa Housing Design Awards for “Best Green Renovation of the Year” as well as the “Best Housing Detail Award”.
Chris's work takes inspiration from his world travels. His unique navigation of a field of textures and a variety of shapes encapsulates character and spirit unique to his work.
"One of Andrew's many strengths is listening. We wanted an environmentally conscious reno that honoured the building's origins. We got an award winning home with lasting appeal for the entire community"
Contractor : Amsted Construction
Artist : Christopher Griffin
Concrete : Constructive Behavior