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Lake|Flato designs High-Performance School using ClimateStudio

Rendering of Alamogordo Middle School in Alamogordo, New Mexico. To be completed in Fall 2024.
“Excellent learning environments are supported by high-performance design. Studies have reinforced and quantified what we have intuitively known – that student health and performance improve with well-designed learning environments, spaces that support student connectivity to each other, nature, daylight, fresh air, views to the surrounding community and natural resources, etc. Early in the concept phase, our design and client team established a goal of having 100% of the school's learning spaces be daylight autonomous to support the educational and mental well-being of students, faculty, and...
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Celebrating Nature, Place and Craft in Our New San Antonio Office

Since our founding in 1984, Lake|Flato has expanded to all floors and corners of our office at 311 Third Street in San Antonio. After committing to renovating our office into a healthy, high-performing, hybrid workplace, we decided to go against the grain of the building’s origins as a former car dealership and remove all parking and cars to create a community-centric outdoor living room. For a firm with a focus on sustainability, expanding our office meant removing rather than adding, and encouraging human and environmental health through outdoor amenities, connections to nature, and...
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Using 3D People to Enhance Diversity of Enscape Visualizations and Client Communication

Ryerson Woods Education Center - exterior rendering
Every architectural visualization is a challenge in itself. For some projects, fidelity to style and detail is particularly important, while for others, authenticity in harmony with the surrounding environment is key. The talented team at Lake|Flato combines these components and brings the environmental aspect and the sustainability of the planned buildings even more into their Enscape renderings. For that reason, we are very happy to share the following guest post with you. Enjoy! Creating Enscape Visualizations The team uses various design technologies, from energy and daylight simulation...
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Early Energy Modeling and Comparing Tools to Validate Results

Blog title image of featured residential project
As an architectural design firm that makes a concerted effort to incorporate sustainable design goals into all our projects, Lake|Flato uses many tools to challenge our assumptions and validate decisions. For efficiency, we also look for ways to streamline our efforts and even democratize workflows such that design teams might accomplish their own analysis without relying on, and possibly waiting for, a specialist to do it for them. To this end, an important part of implementing a new tool or workflow is to verify the accuracy of the results. This post will, at a high level, outline our early...