Urban Acre Restaurant YXE
Much attention was given to the choice of materials and finishes. The interplay of raw steel, broadway lights, grass and the smooth center feature reinforce the notion of a diverse and creative community greater than the sum of it's parts.
In concert with the wonderful design of the restaurant (Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture) the surprising textures offer a comforting rest stop smack in the middle of a bustling 21st century airport.
Fabricating the letters
I did a quite a bit of trial and error - fortunately not too much error!
Here, Bessie is in her final stages of painting. We fabricated a giant spray booth for the shop to accommodate such a large project, which included simultaneous spraying of the buildings for the cityscape.
This a LONG way from her humble beginnings….
I first had to make a hand-held model to be sure my plan would work (shown inset). From there I scaled up the plans to full size and made the plywood structure.
I was pleased to be asked to create a brand for the new restaurant in the main public space at YXE by Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture and The Saskatoon Airport Authority.
The name ‘Urban Acre’ reflects a sophisticated modern city inseparable from it’s proud prairie heritage: a strong economic and cultural ecosystem that we proudly call home.
Biting off possibly more than I could chew (as per usual) I learned some new skills on this one and despite the very long hours, the results were more than worth it.
(Photo credit Matt Smith)