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eldo tours EXLTUBE

January 8, 2013

el dorado was founded by a group of architects fascinated by steel. We started off with a basic understanding of the stuff, and after sixteen years we’re gotten incrementally better at designing and building with it. From day one, we found ourselves drawn to HSS (Hollow Structural Section) shapes, commonly known as “steel tube”. We like steel tube. We respect steel tube. We own an Applebees in Little Rock with steel tube...but in the presence of the EXLTUBE, we’re mere novices. These guys make steel tube, and lot’s of it. (more...)

The el dorado architects Foundation

December 18, 2012

During the holidays, we share our time and our gifts with the people who are important to us. This year we formed the el dorado architects Foundation for that very reason. We’re donating money to education, culture, the arts, and the people who advance them. The Foundation is a commitment to biannual, long-term giving to organizations that we value. Simply put, it allows us to formalize what we’ve been doing all along. (more...)

Shelton Residence

December 11, 2012

Our story begins in the Crossroads. Or the Westside. To avoid getting caught up in semantics, we’ll call it the Cross-side. This coveted no man’s land is home to el dorado’s office. Cross under Interstate 35 and you’re decidedly in the Westside. Head north and you'll enter a region of the neighborhood whose blend of off-kilter living and rocky hillside terrain have led some to call it “Little Appalachia.” This is where newlyweds Josh and Destiny reside along with their kids, Roman and Electra. (more...)

eldo Coffee 101

December 3, 2012

The term “eldos” refers to a diverse bunch of individuals. We studied at architecture schools, art schools and business schools. We hail from big cities and sleepy towns across the world, or at least the Midwest. But whether we are architects, designers, fabricators, contractors or accountants we are bound by a common thread. We need caffeine. And there’s no better way for us to get our caffeine fix than drinking copious amounts of coffee. There’s only one problem. Our bodies quickly become bored and dissatisfied with one method of caffeine consumption. And so we’ve hired the proprietors of fine beans and brews at Broadway Roasting Company to devise three different delivery methods. Here’s a quick tutorial to help you understand the difference. (more...)

Interior Design Best of Year Awards

November 26, 2012

The end of the year is approaching and so are the events that come with it, the clapping and the commemorations and the warm, fuzzy feelings of all those awards ceremonies. These events are not really about getting clapped at. They’re about coming together, drawing inspiration from the good work of your peers, and being moved by the positive inertia of design. Two el dorado projects are winners of Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Awards. (more...)