Edifice Tex: The Familiar and Unusual Work of Mell Lawrence
Even if you've never heard the name Mell Lawrence, you are bound to know his work. From the West Lynn Cafe to the barn-like design of The Gardens on 35th Street, Lawrence is quietly gathering a national reputation.
"I like to imbue a form with something familiar, but also something
that's unique," Lawrence said. "When you are expecting one thing
and it's a little bit different -- but in an appealing way -- it's just
what I've enjoyed in watching the world."
parents had a huge effect on his work -- his father a dogmatic architect
who built large projects always followed strict rules while his mother
was an artist who had a more chaotic style. He said it was watching them
collaborate to create beauty in his family home that influenced his own
The Austin architect uses galvanized steel, concrete and corrugated metal
to catch light in different and unusual ways. Honored by the American
Institute of Architects, Lawrence is helping to define Austin style.
Produced by Tom Spencer.
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