Designed with Taste: Loro

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October 11, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
1001 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

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Architecture Center Houston
Designed with Taste: Loro
October 11, 5-7pm


How does design affect your dining experience? Designed with Taste, an event series from Architecture Center Houston explores Houston’s newest restaurants to examine this question. Hear about the design inspiration for the spaces, and how it interacts with the culinary offerings. Is the food influenced by the design, or is it the other way around? Enjoy lite bites and cocktails, and decide for yourself.

Located in Houston Heights, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and Hai Hospitality have brought new life to a 1940s gabled church by transforming it into an Asian smokehouse while still preserving the character of the original structure.

The church’s former sanctuary is now the restaurant's main dining room. Skylights were added to bring a lighter and welcoming feeling into the space, and the church’s former entrance has been replaced by an east-facing glass wall. Exposed wooden beams from the front patio into the dining room, evoke the feeling of an old Texas dance hall.

The menu, kitchen, and smokers are run by the duo of Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue, Austin), and Tyson Cole (Uchi), merging their shared loves of Asian and Texas cuisine.

Join us for a tour of Loro, and a sampling of its fare, with architects Michael Hsu, FAIA, and Jay Colombo, AIA (Michael Hsu Office of Architecture); Ellen Saathoff (Hai Hospitality); Matt d’Agrella (Loro); and freelance food writer and critic Mai Pham.

Loro received a AIA Houston Design Award for Renovation/Restoration in 2022. See all 2022 Design Award Winners here. 

Loro Design Team:
Client: Hai Hospitality
Architect: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Designed with Taste: Loro is generously sponsored by
Texana Builders