Amarillo Boulevard, Amarillo, Texas 2013
This design is an evolution of another store designed in Canyon, Texas in 2001. Conceptually the design takes its cues from convenience stores, tasty freezes, burger stands and other like typologies similar to that of a donut shop. Aesthetically the building utilizes steel, concrete, metal and glass. Barn wood culled from a barn near Muleshoe, Texas was reorganized on the wall directly opposite the front door to bring some West Texas soul into the interior. The goal was to create a store that would stand up to the wear and tear of a high volume donut factory. The exterior will continue to rust until a deep red patina emerges on the walls. One other interesting note is that Amarillo Boulevard is also historic Route 66 so the building serves as a modern piece of roadside architecture for those in motion. Design by Ashton Cates, Engineering by Thomas and Israel, Construction by Southwest General, Photography by Michael Schumacher.