The Market at Meadowbrook Opens for Business
Kansas City Business Journal – The Kansas City Business Journal offers a peek inside the Market at Meadowbrook in the recently opened Inn at Meadowbrook. Located within 136-acre master planned Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village, Kansas, LRK provided architectural and interior design services for both the Market, Verbena Restaurant, and the Inn at Meadowbrook as well as planning for the entire Meadowbrook Park development.
Architects Cope with COVID-19 Implications
While the world tries to find a semblance of “normal,” many architects are searching for ways to stay productive, maintain and establish new relationships, and help the communities where we live, work, and (used to) play. In this climate, we must reconsider our role as a bystander and leverage the broad array of tools that we, as designers, are able to offer. LRK Associate Alex Bruce shares his thoughts on how the profession will cope in a post-COVID environment.
Wiseacre's New Brewery is a Whimsical Hi-Tech Wonder
Memphis Flyer – The Memphis Flyer offers an inside glimpse at the progress within Wiseacre’s new downtown brewery. With a planned opening later this summer (if certain COVID-19 restrictions are lifted), Wiseacre’s state-of-the-art facility is both whimsical and high tech and a “dream-come-true” for co-founders Davin Bartosch and Kellan Bartosch. LRK is pleased to have provided architectural and interior design services for the brewery.
A South Bluffs Home with Stunning River Views
StyleBlueprint – Located in South Bluffs, this LRK-designed home employs a simple, clean design that complements its stunning Mississippi River views. An abundance of glass windows and doors allows the indoor and outdoor spaces to merge. Great care was taken to balance the beautiful amount of natural light with the need for privacy and the ability to withstand the harsh afternoon sun. Principal Carson Looney designed the first home in South Bluffs over 25 years ago and now with the completion of this home, the last in the neighborhood. Looney says, “It was neat to do the first home (and many more over the years), as well as the last.”
LRK-Designed Projects Recipients of Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards
Two LRK-designed projects are recipients of a 2020 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award. The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes outstanding voluntary actions that improve or protect our environment and natural resources through projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation. FedExFamilyHouse was honored in the Building Green category and Crosstown Concourse was recognized with a Pursuit of Excellence Award, an accolade that recognizes past award winners who continue to demonstrate a high regard for environmental stewardship. Governor Bill Lee said “Tennesseans continue to show their commitment to the environment in innovative ways, and we want to recognize their outstanding efforts. These awards show that responsible environmental stewardship is happening across our state.”
3 Keys to Successfully Renovating Retail Centers
Commercial Construction & Renovation – With the recent renovation of The Hill Shopping Center in Dallas offering a blueprint for the transformation of underutilized and abandoned shopping centers, LRK Principals Frank Ricks and Craig Henry share their design tips in an article featured in Commercial Construction & Renovation. Ricks and Henry suggest creating “ah ha” moments, incorporating local art, interesting materials, and zoned color palettes to help create strong visual identity. To be financially viable, they also suggest preserving and enhancing versus demolishing and replacing. Ricks and Henry also advise a strong focus on tenant brand identity, while ensuring overall site consistency.
Memphis Welcomes the Central Station Hotel
At Home Memphis & MidSouth - This article features the Central Station Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton property, which recently opened in Downtown Memphis. Situated in the renovated historic Central Station, this boutique hotel offers light-filled interiors highlighting mid-century modern furniture. Guest rooms feature large windows and tall ceilings with spectacular views of Downtown, while the hotel’s restaurant, Bishop, and the Eight & Sand bar anchor the ground floor. A rotating playlist of Memphis connected music resonates throughout the hotel—from public areas, including the restaurant and bar and an exclusive, sound-proof Listening Lounge, to guestrooms, each with its own handcrafted sound system.
Meadowbrook Park Featured in Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal - Meadowbrook Park was recently featured in an article that focuses on the transformation of many of the country’s golf courses into master planned developments. As golf’s popularity wanes, these popular developments replace golf with mixed-use communities featuring restaurants, mircrobreweries, retail, amenities such as lakes, hiking and biking trails, and plenty of diverse recreational opportunities. Today, 136-acre Meadowbrook Park features an 84-acre public park with an activity center, sledding hill, adventure playground, single family homes, apartments, senior-living units, and a boutique hotel with supporting restaurant. LRK provided planning, architecture, and interior design services for Meadowbrook Park.
A Home Office That Really Works
Daily Memphian – Principal Carson Looney is quoted in this article about how our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic are shaping our insights into what a home office should be. When designing the New American Home for the International Builder’s Show in 1993, Looney had to lobby the committee to design a 7-by-8-foot home office with a window and door instead of a 3-foot built-in kitchen desk. He won the argument and the home office was a hit. Ever since, Looney has advocated for functional home-office space, whether designing for a high-end custom home or an apartment. The article also contains Carson’s checklist of components that help a home office function well.
See Inside Wiseacre’s New Downtown Brewery
Memphis Business Journal - Wiseacre’s new downtown brewery is now in test mode and the Memphis Business Journal offers a sneak peak inside. The 40,000-square-foot brewery features a modern design and an optimal location near downtown landmarks, such as Central BBQ, Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, and FedExForum.