Lake/Flato, the award winning architect for Adkins Arboretum’s Arboretum Center project, has earned another accolade. Fast Company, a leading business magazine, named the San Antonio, Texas, based firm to its World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Businesses in Architecture. “Our annual guide to the state of innovation in our economy features the businesses whose innovations are having the greatest impacts across their industries and our culture as a whole,” notes Fast Company on its innovation list webpage.
Lake/Flato placed tenth on the list for its designs of the new Texan landscape. “The group has created structures with an aesthetic unique to Austin (the Hotel San Jose) and west Texas (the Thunderbird Motel, which played a crucial role in establishing Marfa, Texas, as a destination for creative folk). The recently launched Porch House project, a collection of high-end, modular, and LEED-certified dwellings, is one of the first appealing examples of pre-fab housing,” the magazine wrote.
The contemporary design of the new Arboretum Center embraces the balance between design and sustainability, linking the Arboretum’s role as an educational center to both its cultural and its natural environment—the 400-acre Arboretum site
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by Kate Rattie
Director of Advancement and Planning