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CHR IS SA N D E R S

SANDERS ARCHITECTURE Notable projects: The W Hotel and Residences, The Moody Theater, AWAY Spa at W Austin, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Admissions Kiosk WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR INSPIRATION? A residential project in Tarrytown.

My travel journals. During graduate school, I traveled for six months

The home, while ideally located,

through South and Southeast Asia. Almost 10 years later, my wife and I lived

was not suited for a growing

in Split, Croatia for three months and later spent the rest of the year trav-

family. The project’s architectural

eling through Eastern Europe and Asia. On those journeys, every day was

objective was to reconfigure

inspiring — keeping these journals on my bedside table allows me to revisit

the space to accommodate the

experiences and moments of discovery.

clients’ style of living.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST UNUSUAL PROJECT?

The admissions kiosk at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a tiny building that was built off-site and tries hard to do a lot of things: green wall experiment, prairie roof demonstration, collecting and reusing condensate water, generating solar energy and exhibiting the use of sustainable materials, all the while serving its primary function of collecting admissions and orienting visitors to their visit to the Wildflower Center. It was an experiment in design and construction and it continues to be an experiment for collection of data for the botanists at the Wildflower Center. WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISTAKE YOU’VE MADE?

I waited [too long] to go out on my own. Looking back, I had a couple of projects presented to me that offered great opportunities to start my own firm. I hesitated, and missed the chance. Building the foundations of a firm takes time, and sometimes I look back and feel like I could be a bit further along in the process. IS THERE SOMETHING IN TOWN THAT YOU DIDN’T DESIGN, BUT LOVE?

I love the collection of small pavilions built last century in the parks in central Austin. The buildings, many of them built in the depression era, range from the rustic stone or log construction types of Palm Park, Eastwoods Park and Shipe Park to the Mission Revival style shelter at Little Stacy. These modest little buildings and other more familiar structures like the bath hous-

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es at Barton Springs Pool, Deep Eddy, and Northwest Pool were designed from

The architect says the

timeless materials, serve simple functions, and link us to the history of our city.

admissions kiosk at the Lady

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO LEAVE AS YOUR LEGACY?

Center was the most unusual

I feel like I’m only just getting started.

project he has worked on.

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