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Effective Apertures, WWRs, and VLTs, Oh My!

We performed some energy modeling studies a few years ago to determine what the ideal effective aperture is for each climate we work in. We were surprised to find that because energy codes and window manufacturers are tightening up on glazing solar heat gain performance, code-minimum windows do not allow for passive solar heating benefits. This means that even in northern climates where buildings could benefit from southern heat gain, the window code will not allow the solar heat gain coefficient to be high enough to perform this way. You can read more about the study and our findings in this...
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Better Block

This is a great movement and organization. The recent meeting in San Antonio drew quite a few people. It would be amazing to green the space around our office. Better Block The video below talks about creating a living plaza in Dallas. http://vimeo.com/24599512 Living Plaza - Dallas, TX from Aaron Garcia on Vimeo .
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Miller Porch House is LEED Silver

The first LEED project of 2012 has arrived! We just received the official word from USGBC that Miller Porch House earned LEED Silver. This is our 12th LEED project to date. Congratulations to the project team, and special thanks to Tenna who did the heavy lifting on the LEED documentation.
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Austin Central Library

Above: View Along Cesar Chavez Looking East The New Central Library will give Austin residents an iconic landmark and a flexible facility that reflects the city's rich cultural and social fabric. The new 190,000 square foot library will be located along the banks of Shoal Creek and overlooking Lady Bird Lake. The library will help define the western portal to downtown and provide a welcoming community gathering place. Seating and reading spaces wrap the sunlit Atrium, spilling onto screened Outdoor Reading Porches that overlook Lady Bird Lake. In addition to a reading room and dedicated areas...
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Lizzie Marrin Sums Up Office Atmosphere

What a week it has been at Lake|Flato! Nearly the entire office was recruited to put together five interviews for projects across the country, and needless to say, it has been a creative whirlwind. It's exhilarating to be competing for many great projects with excellent collaboration, and the ideas have been flowing out... in every direction and on every surface. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks of the process behind Lake|Flato Architects!
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Restaurant Review: Cakery Bakery

Every city needs a great downtown sandwich shop. Forbes magazine (and others) claimed recently that San Antonio has one of the best downtowns in the country. While this was a questionable decision at best (likely informed by the thousands of tourists happily teetering along the riverwalk every night) there are highlights to the center of San Antonio. Want proof? Go to The Cakery Bakery. Located at the base of The Exchange Building, a listed building and Lake Flato renovation project, this small lunch spot immediately appeals. The classic storefront design and intimate interior remind me of...
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Agricultural Inspiration

On my way home from a site visit last Friday, I couldn't help pulling off Hwy 90 at Knippa to check out these agricultural buildings...
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High School Students Provide Design Input

A few local architecture firms are benefitting from collaboration with members of the largest group of stakeholders at the Highlands High School. Students from the Highlands Engineering and Architecture Team (or HEAT) are providing design input that may be incorporated into the plans for the bond-funded renovation of their school. You can read more about the partnership in this San Antonio Express-News article .
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Craft Call: Graham Martin

Interview By Matt Morris: "Graham Martin was a partner with Lake | Flato when the firm was just getting started in the late 80’s and through the 90’s. Before that he was an intern architect with Ford Powell and Carson along with David, Ted, Karla, Bill, and Matt. Graham was project architect on several notable projects like the Carraro House in Kyle Texas, the Zuni Grill on the River, Paesanos Restaurants and the Linda Pace House in San Antonio. He also had a hand in the Witte Treehouse and made all the special light fixtures for that project. Graham designed and made many of the light...
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New Crop of Interns Look to Bright Future

Say howdy to our newest student interns! Claire Matucheski hails from Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from Ball State University. Her favorite Lake|Flato project is the Lake Austin house because it is beautiful and appears to be a great hangout location. Nathan Geller has an identical Indianapolis and Ball State past. His favorite Lake|Flato projects are Arizona State University Polytechnic Academic Buildings and the Brown Residence. Kristin Walsh comes to us from Massachusetts and is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.