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Jonathan Smith

Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3,

Posted by on 3/15/13 at 12:53pm

At the office we like to get hands-on with potential building materials for our projects. This desire manifests itself often, ranging from placing samples on the office roof for months to see how they weather in the Texas sun (and sometimes forgetting about them) to ordering lots and lots of samples which later become paperweights and odd pencil holders around the office. This week we tested a potential exterior LED light fixture for the Austin Central Library. Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Our marketing coordinator, Jessica Vonderau, shared a really cool article with me.  The study shows that children who bicycle or walk to school, rather than traveling by car or public transportation, perform measurably better on tasks demanding concentration.  Having breakfast and lunch also has an impact on performance, but pales in comparison to having exercised on the commute to school. Click to Read More

Grace Boudewyns

Located on a 40-acre river-bottom site, the house reuses the steel frame, stair rails and ventilators of a decommissioned cement plant bought for $20,000. Lake|Flato re-erected the 40’ x 80’ steel-framed building into a “Z” shape around existing oak trees. The Story: The Alamo Cement Company was chartered in 1880 and provided cement for Click to Read More


Better Know an LF’er: Jamie Sartory

Posted by on 3/7/13 at 09:00am

“Jamie’s spirit animal is the Rabbit: she is good-natured, alert, and spontaneous.  While landing a magnificent triple Salchow as a girl, Jamie made the brash decision that an easy road to celebrity via sequins and eyeshadow was not for her. The daughter of a culinary guru, Jamie learned to trust her taste and intuition, elevating the lowliest hoagie to haute Click to Read More

Jonathan Smith

Travels to Cold Bike Races Pt 1

Posted by on 3/6/13 at 05:50pm

Last month Cameron and I traveled to Louisville Kentucky to attend the Cyclocross World Championships, which were taking place for the first time ever outside of Europe. It was an amazing and very cold time standing course-side in our muddy rubber boots watching the junior’s, women’s, and men’s races. The experience was great to be so close to the athletes; so close in fact that Sven Nys, the newly crowned men’s world champion, splashed mud on Cameron’s jacket. She will never wash it.   Click to Read More

Phil Zimmerman

Field Report: Rocking X Ranch

Posted by on 3/6/13 at 08:00am

In the past year since the first Dogrun Digital Pin-Up of Rocking X Ranch, construction has come to a close and the original design concepts of the project are beginning to be realized.  Located in North Texas, the private ranch is Click to Read More

jennifer young


Posted by on 3/5/13 at 12:46pm
Lake|Flato Dunning Residence

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines transparent as having the property of transmitting light…so that bodies lying beyond are seen clearly. These days, transparency is getting a lot of attention in the built environment, specifically in relation to materials. The International Living Future Institute has raised the bar and our awareness with its Living Building Challenge, a certification program that uses petals of a flower to designate its categories. Click to Read More

Jessica Vonderau

Children & Nature

Posted by on 3/4/13 at 03:41pm

A few of us LF’ers recently had the opportunity to listen to journalist and author, Richard Louv speak at a luncheon for the San Antonio Children’s Museum project, which Lake|Flato is extremely proud to be designing. To foster natural play, the Museum will encourage outdoor learning through the use of streams, bioswales, and sand exhibits. Click to Read More

Rand Pinson

Digital Pin-up: Cutting House

Posted by on 2/28/13 at 10:54am

The Cutting House is a residence for a return client who wanted to make use of an existing ranch house.  The concept is to salvage the existing house and surround it with new structures that will address the programmatic needs of the owners.  The new structures will provide space for a home office, utility room, gallery space, screened porches and a pool shade structure.  Click to Read More

David Lake

Rudy’s Ascent to Heaven, 2-20-2013

Posted by on 2/25/13 at 01:42pm

Rudy . . . the great Rhoudini, Rudolfo Teodoro Lago, Amigo, Ruuchi, Ruperto, was put down  2-20-13 at 5:14 pm.  He was a fine animal; Annie would say he was the more mature sibling . . . intuitive, all knowing.  Rudy had certain habits, early on it was just getting OUT . . . breaking out, either by climbing the fence, which grew from 42” to 6’ to 7’… then an invisible Click to Read More