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Field Report: Custom Light Fixtures at Pearl

As completion of the Pearl Parkway Buildings of the Pearl Brewery Redevelopment in San Antonio, TX wraps up, many finishing details are finally going into place. Custom light fixtures that were designed to utilize existing materials and found remnants of the historical brewery were recently installed. The “Beakerlier” as it has come to be known was created for a lobby space within one of the Parkway buildings called the Lab. The fixture is composed of materials originally used in the Brewery’s laboratory for beer quality and recipe testing. The chandelier’s design not only makes use of found...
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Better Know an LF Project: Francis Parker School

In the fall of 2002 Francis Parker School, San Diego's oldest and largest independent, non-denominational, co-educational day school, held an inviting design competition for its Middle/Upper School campus to create a new Master Plan and expansion of facilities. Lake|Flato won the competition with a proposal that captured a unique blend of sensitive environmental planning, inspirational public spaces and progressive, open buildings. Answers by Greg Papay Completed in 2006 LF Scope: Programming; Master Planning; SD; DD; CD; CA Program: First Phase: 29 Upper School Classrooms, 8 Upper School...
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Digital Pin-up: Josey Pavilion

The Betty and Clint Josey Pavilion is a project located on the Leo Ranch outside Decatur, Texas with aspirations to be the first Living Building project in the State of Texas. The 5,400 square foot open air pavilion is a meeting and education center that serves as a demonstration site for the Dixon Water Foundation , whose mission is to promote healthy watersheds through sustainable land management ensuring the preservation of our water resources. The pavilion is comprised of two identical structures, one housing a large open gathering space for 150 occupants and the other housing a catering...
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Waller Creek: A Competition Process

For over a year, LF worked on Austin’s urban-scale competition to Design Waller Creek, which finally came to a close last month. Our vision of Waller Creek (The Oasis) unfortunately didn’t win (see for a glimpse of our boards as well as the selected team and other finalists’ submissions); but by participating and making it to the final stage, we gained an amazing experience that taught us huge amounts about the dynamic culture of Austin and the potential roles of regenerative landscapes in future urban development. A little background: Waller Creek runs...
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Better Know an LF Project: Shangri-La

ANSWERS BY Joseph Benjamin Completion Date: 2007 The program was for a new visitor center that included administration offices, café, bookstore, exhibit space and a lecture multipurpose room. The program also included education spaces, a lab with exhibit pavilion, two remote outpost classrooms, a bird blind, a separate restroom building, a rain shelter and a pavilion called the cypress gate located in the restored botanical garden. The Crux of the Design: The project was focused on creating the most sustainable nature center possible in the Texas region; the challenge was building in a...
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Better Know an LF Project: Wyatt Retreat

ANSWERS BY Trey Rabke Completion Date: 2007 LF Scope: SD; CD; CA Program: two conditioned bedrooms / baths that book-end a screened 'dogtrot' kitchen second story screened sleeping loft new roof for existing porch and stone fireplace separate entry arbor made of oil field pipe small storage building that includes a bathroom and outdoor shower The Crux of the Design: The stone porch, fireplace, and footprint of the previous cabin are all relics, or memories, that we wanted to preserve - the large new roof acts as a shelter for those elements as well as it's inhabitants. The parti became a big...
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Lake|Flato's New 10kW PV Array

Lake|Flato recently acquired a 10kW PV array which was featured in CPS Energy's blog , as well as The Rivard Report . To learn more about our decision to implement this great technology, check out the video below!
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The Modern Family, Part I

Check out this short film by Dwell featuring the Yee Residence in Carmel, California. I hope that film exploring architecture continues to grow in popularity; it's a natural medium to understand and experience space, and this one is such an intimate portrait of how the owners live and adapt with the house.
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Digital Pin-up: Destination Bayfront

Schematic Design is nearly complete on a new 34-acre downtown waterfront redevelopment for the city of Corpus Christi. The city’s goal is to create a world-class urban park that will further ignite and enhance development in Corpus Christi’s downtown core. Hargreaves Associates is leading the site master planning and landscape design effort, while Lake Flato is designing a fleet of park buildings and shade structures to be deployed along the waterfront’s new boardwalk promenade. Buildings planned for the park will include a multilevel beach cafe, park arrival facilities, staff offices, a wine...
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On Site at the Hog Pen Creek Residence

Yesterday Ted, Brian and I were on site at the Hog Pen Creek Residence. We took a lunch break for some burgers on the breezy porch and to enjoy the view of Lake Austin. This scene reminds me a familiar photo... except our job site is clearly more dangerous :) Stay tuned for a 'Field Report' from this project soon...