Liquor Corral in Buckeye, Arizona

The Liquor Corral is nearing its completion of the renovation process.  We are just completing the final details.  From the initial design concept to the final product, it has maintained its vision.

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Located in the heart of downtown Buckeye ‘Historical district’, the original building was essentially a prefabricated metal building, with an entry reflective of an old western facade.  It had wood siding, a wood deck and security bars adorning its windows.

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Our initial goals was to give it a fresh new look while still maintaining the old west feel.  We wanted to get rid of the bars on the windows which was not welcoming.  However we did need to consider security in our design.

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The building owner, who is originally from Iran, wanted to reflect upon the wonderful architectural character of his cultural background.  He wanted us to look at architecture from the middle east and somehow blend this into our design.   Through both our memories from college architectural history 101 and our research for this project, we fell in love with the lattice work type design of ‘mashrabiya’ or ‘Shanasheel’.   It become our goal to fuse this design element.

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We wanted to develop a design which didn’t completely change the basic bones of the building or structure.  We had to be very cost conscious.  We began looking at cowboy western wear, specifically cowboy boot design.  We concluded that the patterns of leather on the boots was similar to the cut patterns of mashrabiya screens.  With the use of rusted metal panels and the use of a plasma cutting machine, we were able to create our own mashrabiya meets western wear motife.

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We took this design element and developed custom sliding barn doors which open during the day and closed for security at night.  This allowed us to get rid of the security bars.

Barn Door Detail

Barn Door Detail

With the help from the City of Buckeye Economic Development Catalyst Grant Program and the trust of the business owner in our design, the project became a reality.  With the dedication form Chris Rounds of Rounds Construction, we worked through the design challenges to create this custom one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece.

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