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LF30: 1985 La Barroneña

In honor of Lake Flato’s thirtieth anniversary, the Thirty Projects x Thirty Years series has been developed to explore and celebrate the firm’s history and culture of design. Published bi-weekly, the series will highlight one project per year, starting in 1984 and ending in 2014. The projects that have been selected will give you a snapshot of the firm’s evolution as well as provide a fun and insightful collection on then and now, and ultimately, who we are today. Marty McFly : Hey, Doc, we better back up. We don't have enough road to get up to 88. Dr. Emmett Brown : Roads? Where we're going...
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LF30: 1984 Vickers Residence

In honor of Lake Flato’s thirtieth anniversary, the Thirty Projects x Thirty Years series has been developed to explore and celebrate the firm’s history and culture of design. Published bi-weekly, the series will highlight one project per year, starting in 1984 and ending in 2014. The projects that have been selected will give you a snapshot of the firm’s evolution as well as provide a fun and insightful collection on then and now, and ultimately, who we are today. In the midst of George Orwell's fateful year, David Lake and Ted Flato found themselves in good company with a few other GenX...
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Seminole Canyon and The White Shaman Preserve

There are many points in time to begin telling this story. In geologic time, we could start 10 million years ago when the west Texas landscape was forming. We could start our story when the people of the Lower Pecos were making their rock art 3,000 years ago. We could start when Lake|Flato began their work with the Witte Museum, creating a new home for their People of Pecos exhibit with additions and renovations to their existing space. We could start our story in the small "town" of Comstock, Texas, where a group of LFers spent a Saturday night drinking beer around a pool table getting to...
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Digital Pinup: Evelyn's Park

Located on the site of the former Teas Nursery in Bellaire,Texas, an incorporated city within Houston, Evelyn’s Park aims to serve as “Bellair’s Front Yard;” to be a vibrant and vital amenity for the city. Situated near the edge of the city on Bellaire Blvd, the park is strategically located to help define the entrance and identity of Bellaire as a whole. Lake|Flato has been working closely with the Evelyn’s Park Conservancy and SWA Group, master plan Landscape Architects, to define this identity and create an engaging experience for all ages that strikes a balance between the prominent urban...
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stories of a house

Myself, my husband, our dog, and a couple roommates are slowly but steadily transforming this Southtown San Antonio house into our dream home (and home office). In doing so, we want to create a contemporary home setting that also embraces the historic nature of the 1907 building that we are renovating. In its 100+ years on this site, this house has functioned as a private home, a multi-resident apartment building, a bed+breakfast, and most recently the crashpad/workspace for some software developers. While the building hasn't always received much TLC, it does have a remarkable set of remnants...
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Digital Pinup: Bridge House

The Bridge House is a primary residence for a family in Houston, Texas. The original house on the property was built in the 1930’s and underwent a series of additions throughout the years. The house is very large and inefficient for a single family, so the client approached us to design a new house that would be more open, well-connected, and environmentally responsible. The two acre site is along a creek off Buffalo Bayou and has a verdant ravine running through it. The “bridge” concept is based on an existing wood bridge that runs over the ravine to the house. Our design explores the use of...
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Digital Pinup: South Boulevard Apartments

Lake|Flato has been hard at work designing the South Boulevard Apartments in south-east Houston. The clients were looking to offer a more urban, higher-density, housing option to the neighborhood. Thus, the project will divide 30,000 square feet of boutique apartment and amenity space among 4 buildings throughout the site. It will include a mix of one and two bedroom units. The site is just a few blocks north of the Rice University campus on a portion of South Boulevard that transitions from a residential character to the East to a growing commercial district to the West. The design...
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Photo Timeline - Austin Central Library

Large civic projects like the Austin Central Library take a great deal of time and effort by a large number of team members. The process, much like we intend the the final product to be, is a mix of the best of digital and analog technologies available. In the library's design process we have utilized many different technologies; from clay models and sketchbooks, to Building Information Models and complex digital energy and daylight models. Here is a photo timeline from clay model to excavation. A brief overview of the project can be found below the photo timeline. 2009-10-20 - early clay...
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Better Know an L|F Project: Yee Residence

Conceived as a modern farm complex in northern California, the Yee Residence is designed to maximize both views and breezes. Structures are independent of the main barn to accentuate a farm-like complex. Different buildings, and a dry stacked-stone wall, form a sanctuary within a landscape of rolling hills and oak groves. Answers by Karla Greer The Story: Sarah and Jason Yee started this process before they were married by purchasing an incredible site in the Santa Lucia Preserve, a 20,000 acre development located in Carmel Valley, California. The Preserve is managed by Santa Lucia...
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DIGITAL PINUP: Seaholm Intake Competition Entry

The Seaholm Intake was once the pump house for the Seaholm Power Plant and now sits empty on the shores of Lady Bird Lake in Austin. Our team's entry Connect/Reveal/Clean envisions The Intake as a culturally vibrant, multi-functional space that encourages visitors to slow down, engage with the natural systems that flourish in Austin and experience the blurring between land and water; urban and natural. This vision 1. Connect s Austinites both physically and experientially to Lady Bird Lake and the larger community at The Intake and beyond; 2. Reveal s the original function of the building in...

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