Loro is an Asian smokehouse and bar completed in collaboration with award winning chefs’ Tyson Cole & Aaron Franklin and Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. The restaurant can be found amid a tranquil grove of live oaks in Austin Texas. It’s gabled ceiling and large windows complement a sun-dappled outside deck, canopied under the shade of hundred-year-old trees.

The chefs’ marriage of local and global influences permeated into our design process; typologies of Texas hill country layered with touches of Scandinavian design, allowing for a contemporary environment that doesn’t feel unfamiliar. The design takes cues from the classic old dance halls found throughout the central Texas hill country. Simple, broad, wood-framed structures that generously open up to the outdoors, often serving as a community’s’ social hub.

Photography by Casey Dunn.