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The Story

The client, a prominent Canadian artist (Christopher Griffin), hired our firm to help him turn an existing prairie style home with a commercial extension, built in 1901 as a confectionery, into a residence he and his family could enjoy while also housing his wife’s organic spa and boutique. It was essential to create an architectural design that would produce cohesion between the existing structure, the new design elements as well as the art that the client wanted to incorporate into the exterior walls of the building (depicting scenes of nature). Finding an appropriate construction medium that would display the client’s artistic vision on the exterior of the house was crucial. Incorporating sustainable elements and reclaimed materials was of major priority in the design from the outset.

The sustainable elements include:

Fly ash concrete cladding
Reclaimed barn wood from the existing home’s interior walls
Solar powered water heating
Green roof canopy
Bullfrog powered
Locally sourced, readily available materials used
Soy based insulation
Landscaped with indigenous plants

Credits:

Contractor – Amsted Construction
Artist - Christopher Griffin
Concrete – Constructive Behavior

Winner of the 2009 Ottawa Housing Design Awards for “Best green renovation of the year” and “Best housing detail award”. Published in Dwell Magazine (online homes section) and guerilla magazine.
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