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From China With Love

Chinese poetry, and the poets that write them, have always held a high level of reverence in Chinese cultural traditions. Inspired by his current visit to the Middle Kingdom, our own inhouse L|F poet laureate, David Lake, takes a shot at this ancient art. His verses from the abstract comes to you...unedited! Tianjin Park Today with Kongjian Reflected self at Tianjin park Saw summer palace yesterday Off to forbidden city tomorrow Great wall Ming tombs Saturday Monday I take train to Suzhou Thursday hanzhou Sunday shanghai Turenscape office Tuesday fly to Seattle And there you go, some profound...
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Field Report: SK Ranch

It's time to play matchy-matchy! Check out these side-by-side comparisons of concept renderings and construction photos for SK Ranch, located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Above: Approaching the Main House. Above: The entry walk to the Main House. Above: From entry, a gallery leads to the Great Room and view to the west beyond. Above: The spacious interior of the Great Room. Above: The kitchen with a breakfast table surrounded by wood slat screens. Above: A view towards the kitchen range wall and Outdoor Living Room beyond. Above: The Outdoor Living Room bridges between the public...
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Digital Pin-up: Big Bend

The beauty of Big Bend National Park’s remarkable landscape has much to tell us about relationships between the geology and paleontology of this unique place. Big Bend National Park has produced some of the most significant fossil finds in recent decades, yet these wonders are not adequately displayed or interpreted in the Park. Additionally, Big Bend National Park is one of the only National Parks with a clearly visible K-T boundary line marking the extinction of the dinosaur era. These characteristics create a unique opportunity for interpretation and education at the Fossil Discovery Trail...
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Shou-Sugi-Ban in Process

Mike and Tim from Reznikoff Custom Furniture recently sent us some shots of their burning process for a shou-sugi-ban finish to be applied as an interior finish for SK Ranch. Shou-sugi-ban is the ancient Japanese technique of charring wood to naturally protect it from weather, pests and rot. The result is a gorgeous textured charcoal finish. On SK Ranch, Mike and Tim are starting with vertical grain cedar boards and finishing with a clear polyurethane sealer.
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Waller Creek Design Week Kick-Off

Last week marked the start of Austin's Waller Creek design competition between four final teams. On Tuesday, our very own David Lake, FAIA, and Robert Harris, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, with Dr. Kongjian Yu of Turenscape, spoke to a packed audience at the Blanton Museum in Austin about our team's vision of a living and productive landscape for Waller Creek. Afterward, the team was eager to hit the ground running and worked through the remainder of the week in our San Antonio office. Following Dr. Kongjian's four steps to a successful landscape (productivity, meditation, life-supporting, cultural),...
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Better Know an LF Project: Broadford Farm Pavillion

The Project: Broadford Farm Pavilion Location : Hailey, Idaho Project Team: Brian Korte AIA , Jay Pigford AIA, David Lake FAIA , Dale Riser ANSWERS BY BRIAN KORTE Job Origin: Referral through another client. Completion Date: June 2003 Program: Provided a lap pool and summer use lounge space that could also be used for overflow guest quarters or a Nordic retreat. LF Scope: Conceptual Design through Construction Documents with minimal Construction Administration. The Crux of the Design: Open it up on 2 sides and enjoy the weather. Favorite Detail: Has to be the steel/timber flitch rafters or...
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Digital Pin-up: 2001 Odyssey Porch House

2001 Odyssey, located in Wimberly, TX is a family retreat featuring Porch House modules and site specific components. The setbacks have created a small buildable area on the heavily wooded triangular lot. To help negotiate the terrain, a retaining wall runs the length of the small bluff and pushes the house further down the site and away from the bordering road. A wood slat wall faces west to help cut down the low angled sun and allows for planting to grow. The main axis is to the river where the family spends most of their time, while a secondary axis along the wood slat wall functions as...
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San Antonio Children's Museum City Session

Last Thursday night Lake|Flato helped facilitate a Citywide Collaborative Session for the new San Antonio Children’s Museum. We found the event to be a joy and success, and would like to share the process behind it. Prior to the charrette, we brainstormed with the museum staff to come up with a few different activities that would be fun and engaging for attendees. With about 70 people participating, the crowd split into groups of 8-10 at round tables and took part in three sessions: word clouds, image stations, and programmatic modeling. The Museum Director, Vanessa Lacoss Hurd, began with an...
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Miller Ranch Field Trip

A few days ago, on a flawless Friday afternoon, Lake Flato headed into the Texas Hill Country to visit the nearly complete Miller Ranch. Situated at the point where two rivers meet, this new house elegantly makes the most of an almost impossibly beautiful site. Below are a few pictures from the visit taken by Corey Leamon and myself. Also on the property is the Miller Porch House and a barn, both completed in 2010.
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Field Report: Shower Houses for the Boy Scouts

In 2009, the Boy Scouts of America purchased 10,600 acres of land in West Virginia adjacent to the New River Gorge National River area and began creating 'The Summit' to host their flagship event - Jamboree. The National Scout Jamboree gathers approximately 45,000 scouts, leaders and staff for 10 days every four years to enjoy activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, mountain biking, etcetera. Lake|Flato (project team: Brian Comeaux and Rebecca Bruce) is involved with the designing the Visitor Center and all the Shower Houses that will be located thoughout...

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