Tucked into the Hill Country canyons, the buildings of Canyon Preserve stair step down steep, rocky slopes of oaks, first growth cedar and hearty indigenous vegetation, creating a secluded and serene setting for this intimate house.
Lake Flato Architects
Since its founding in 1984, Lake Flato Architects has designed buildings that respond to the culture and climate of each unique place. We believe in creating environments that enrich communities and nurture life through our work.
When we decided to create our own architecture firm in 1984, we had a number of strong ideas about what kind of buildings we wanted to design. We believed first and foremost that architecture should be rooted in its particular place, responding in a meaningful way to the natural or built environment. Using local materials and partnering with the best local craftsmen, we sought to create buildings that were tactile and modern, environmentally responsible and authentic, artful and crafted.
Now more than 32 years later, these beliefs still inform the architecture we create. While our firm has grown along with the range and complexity of our projects, we have found the desire to build in partnership with the land to be an approach that remains valid and increasingly resonant. Our first projects were houses and these projects excite us still. We have found that by exploring the intimate relationship between family, place and building we can create unique living environments that possess a compelling authenticity and beauty.
Drawing on distant views from a bluff top, this 3,200-square-foot addition to an existing ranch house shared by four sisters in Weatherford, Texas, was designed to accommodate their need for additional communal living areas and guest space.
Located in East Texas, Aegean Pool House is sited on a hilltop overlooking a peaceful lake, surrounded by densely shaded pine forest. This weekend home is designed as an escape from urban life and emphasizes strong connections to nature and a sense of place.
A short drive from New York City, the Clinton Corners residence is nestled discreetly on a sylvan lot in the Hudson Valley. The house was envisioned as both a family retreat for weekends away from the city and a gathering space for special occasions.
The buildings at SK Ranch sit on a broad, curving mesa in the Texas Hill Country. Taking full advantage of the site’s strengths for solar orientation, prevailing breezes, topography and distant vistas
Overlooking the Las Vegas Valley and the surrounding Mojave Desert, Horizon House is designed to reflect the region’s natural topography by using rammed earth as the primary material.