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S an Antonio- and A u s t i n - b a s e d L a k e | F l a t o e m b o d i e s a v i s i o n o f architecture that not only has stood the test of time but remains more intensely relevant than when it opened its then- unorthodox practice four decades ago. In the intro to this fall's Rizzoli book, Lake | Flato Houses: Respecting the Land, the firm states its guiding principle: "When we decided to create our own architecture firm in 1984, we had a number of strong ideas about the 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." The 16 recent homes detailed in Lake | Flato Houses live up to that "Respecting the Land" mantra. They range in geographical location, function, and stance, encompassing a dramatic, cantilevered lakeside retreat in Marble Falls, Texas; the shed-roofed Aegean Pool House in Mineola, Texas; and, in West Texas, the horizon-hugging Prow in Fort Davis, and Marfa Ranch, built out of rammed earth. While most identified with Texas, the firm occasionally strays afield with impactful results: A barn-inspired home in Clinton, New Yo r k , m a k e s i t i n t o Respecting the Land, as does the modernist- leaning Horizon House i n L a s Ve g a s . W h a t unites all the above is exemplified by Lake | Flato's statement: "By designing in harmony with the land we make buildings that, by their massing, orientation, and materials, are inherently sustainable." Book signing and talk with Ted Flato and Evan Morris of Lake | Flato Architects at The Houston Design Center Fall Design Week, Tuesday, October 5, 1 pm, at Thorntree Slate & Marble Showroom. Books for sale at the event. Schedule and tickets at falldesignweek2021. OF LAND AND ARCHITECTURE Lake | Flato is considered one of the most innovative architecture firms in the world. A Rizzoli book arrives this fall. By Catherine D. Anspon A retreat in Marble Falls Ted Flato Horizon House in the Mojave Desert ANDREW POGUE & RYANN FORD CASEY DUNN JOSH HUSKIN 30

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