Photographer Mike Sinclair recently visited the Shelton Residence in the Westside neighborhood of Kansas City and captured the last fleeting days of fall. The Shelton Residence was completed nearly two years ago and, by way of a mature landscape ecosystem on the roof, is now comfortably nestled into a sloping site that culminates in a 20’-0” tall bluff fronting Madison Avenue. el dorado designed the house through a rigorous study of section drawings, and its program and spatial organization was heavily informed by the topography of the site. (more...)
Earlier this week, American real estate blog Curbed included el dorado in its inaugural class of “Groundbreakers.” This national awards program celebrates the work of architects, seasoned and new, who are “making innovative built work that’s changing the way the world functions.” Innovation has always been at the core of our practice, and we could not be more honored to be recognized by Curbed and the broad net their team casts across major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. (more...)
It’s been some time since we wrote about Flint Hills Residence #1, which is really the Lockton Residence. This new home is part of Illinois Creek Ranch, a sublime, working cattle ranch in Wabaunsee County, Kansas. We had the distinct honor to work with serious talent on this unique home. George Terbovich and his dedicated staff were the interior designers. David Rogowski from Genesis Structures was the structural engineer. Andy Fritzel and “Cowboy” with Gene Fritzel Construction were the builders. And, of course, our supportive, inspired clients were Kelly and Ron Lockton and their three children.
Everything looks simple and straightforward, which is the ultimate compliment to a design team. With more than one third of the U.S. wind capacity located in the Midwest*, pulling off the construction of the glass-enclosed breezeways between the main living areas (cedar “Flint Hills boxes”) was no small structural feat. One of the nicest compliments to date came from Belgian landscape architect Peter Wirtz, who toured the ranch and grounds last spring. He was moved by the uniqueness of the landscape, of the tall grass prairie. Peter appreciated that the house deferred to it’s surroundings and felt that it struck the right balance between honoring the integrity of the site and designing a boldly contemporary project. (more...)
A team from el dorado travelled to Des Moines, Iowa two weeks ago to attend the AIA Central States Design Awards Ceremony. We were delighted to accept awards for three projects we recently completed: Speculative Office Building (Honor Award, Architecture), Heartland Habitat for Humanity Prototype Housing (Merit Award, Architecture), and The LUX (Merit Award, Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse). (more...)
In 2005, Syracuse-based Cameron Group and New York-based GFI Development acquired the old Mission Center Mall site at the intersections of Johnson Drive, Roe Avenue, Roeland Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway and immediately began working on a new mixed-use development, “Mission Gateway." During the challenging recession years that followed, the development group proposed, without success, multiple urban design schemes, the most recent of which combined Walmart as an anchor tenant, junior anchors above Walmart and a dense variety of small retailers, local restaurants, and multi-unit dwellings. (more...)