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The firm added rainscreen-clad veritcal circulation area and rooftop sunroom to this adaptive reuse home with a ground-floor restaurant. The new wood elements provide a strong contrast to the existing brick.

The new wood elements provide a strong contrast to the existing brick.

The firm added a rainscreen-clad vertical circulation area and rooftop sunroom to this adaptive reuse home with a ground-floor restaurant.

The five principals at el dorado—David Dowell, Douglas Stockman, Jamie Darnell, Dan Maginn, and Josh Shelton—gather in the doorway of their steel workshop in Kansas City, Mo.

The concrete structure of 5 Delaware Lofts, a 2005 condo project with 12 residential units and one retail unit in Kansas City, Mo., conveys an impression of solidity and permanence. Pared-down detailing – a favorite el dorado strategy – provides an elegan

Work by el dorado often uses translucent surfaces, such as the channel glass at this custom house in Kansas City, Mo., to diffuse and soften natural light.

Green roofs top an unbuilt courtyard housing project designed for a competition. "We're doing more competitions as a way to get outside ourselves a little bit," says principal David Dowell.

The Holbrook Loft features exposed wood ceilings and an el dorado-made staircase of glass and steel.

Deep overhangs shelter outdoor spaces during sudden Midwestern rainstorms.

It's housed inside the W Lofts, a Kansas City, Mo., adaptive reuse project also designed by the firm.

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