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Lake|Flato Houses Embracing the Landscape

by Guy Martin, Guy Martin, Frederick Steiner

Lake|Flato Houses Embracing the Landscape Synopsis

Lake|Flato Architects of San Antonio, Texas, is nationally and internationally acclaimed for buildings that respond organically to the natural environment. The firm uses local materials and workmanship, as well as a deep knowledge of vernacular traditions, to design buildings that are tactile and modern, environmentally responsible and authentic, artful and crafted. Lake|Flato won the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2013, and it has also received the American Institute of Architects' highest honor, the National Firm Award. In all, Lake|Flato has won more than 150 national and state design awards. Residential architecture has always been a priority for the firm, and Lake|Flato Houses showcases an extensive selection of landmark homes built since 1999. Color photographs and architectural commentary create a memorable portrait of houses from Texas to Montana. Reflecting the firm's emphasis on designing in harmony with the land, the houses are grouped by the habitats in which they're rooted-brushland, desert, hillside, mountains, city, and water. These groupings reveal how Lake|Flato works with the natural environment to create houses that merge into the landscape, blurring boundaries between inside and outside and accommodating the climate through both traditional and cutting-edge technologies. The sections are opened by noted architect and educator Frederick Steiner, who discusses Lake|Flato's unique responses to the forms and materials of the various landscapes. An introduction by journalist Guy Martin summarizes the history of Lake|Flato and its philosophy, and explores the impact of its work on sustainable architecture.

Lake|Flato Houses Embracing the Landscape Press Reviews

As a way to both mark its 30th year and celebrate an unwavering approach to design, the firm recently released Lake|Flato Houses: Embracing the Landscape (University of Texas Press), a book that showcases how this philosophy succeeds in creating unique homes. Unlike commercial projects, homes have a scale and a need to connect to the environment that is more obvious, says Flato. * San Antonio Magazine *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780292758452
Publication date: 1st June 2014
Author: Guy Martin, Guy Martin, Frederick Steiner
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 310 pages
Categories: Residential buildings, domestic buildings, Environmentally-friendly architecture & design, Individual architects & architectural firms,

About Guy Martin, Guy Martin, Frederick Steiner

Guy Martin has written for numerous magazines, including Conde Nast Traveler, Garden & Gun, the (London) Observer, the (London) Sunday Telegraph, and the New Yorker. A native of Athens, Alabama, a small cotton town in the Tennessee Valley, he grew up in a house designed by the architect Paul Rudolph, who had been friends with his parents. Martin lives in Berlin, Germany, and New York City.

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