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Garden Gateway

John Grable Architects

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  • John Grable, FAIA, John Grable Architects, San Antonio
  • Matthew Martinez, John Grable Architects
  • General Contractor: Jeff Truax, Truax Construction, San Antonio
  • Structural Engineer: Aaron Staas, Perspective Engineering, Blanco, Texas
  • Courtesy Grable Architects

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96 sq. feet
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Project Description

Outbuilding / Merit
Garden Gateway straddles a fence line on the grounds of a 273-acre family ranch compound, occupying its liminal position with a graceful authority that belies its 96-square-foot size. Both a gateway to the family’s garden and a tool shed, the building combines materials from the farm and oil patch to produce what architect John Grable, FAIA, calls “an industrial version of Mother Earth.” One juror said, “I love that the architect paid so much attention to something that ‘unimportant.’ It’s a lesson that there’s nothing too small to be detailed attentively.” —Bruce D. Snider
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