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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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Library Project in Daylighting Paces

We recently hosted a two day daylighting workshop with Shepley Bullfinch, the UW Integrated Design Lab, and, Clanton and Associates to tune, hone and test the large six level day-lit atrium space at the heart of the new Austin Central Library design. Our good friends at the Integrated Design Lab brought down cameras, light meters and lots of knowledge to help guide us in this process. For the workshop we constructed a large 1/4" scale working model of the atrium space as well as interchangeable architectural elements we wanted to test against one another. After settling on what we wanted to...
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Friends, Fairies and Frosting at Frog Hill

I could be wrong, but I think most architects dream about spending the night in a house that they have designed. You have basically lived in the house in your mind as it is being drawn, and mulled over every detail as it is being constructed, but you don't really know, after the keys are turned over, what it is like to live in it. So, this past weekend, I had the architectural pleasure of staying with clients in their house. I was super excited they invited me, and I am still reeling over my time with them - it was like a fairy tale with icing on top! So the trip starts off with me turning...

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