Equipment Sombrilla

Located deep into the rugged Texas Hill Country, this agrarian structure was erected to serve as a storage shed for ranch and construction equipment.

The Quonset hut served as inspiration due to is flexible interior space and simple construction techniques. The trusses, constructed using recycled oil field pipe, provide low arching long free spans allowing for maximum storage capacity while maintaining an unobtrusive building.

A simple material palette of alternating bands of corrugated metal and translucent fiberglass panels was inspired by local ranch horizontal fence lines, providing consistent glare-free light during the day and act as a soft light emitting lantern at night. The cupola roof and insulated ceiling allows for natural ventilation and cooling providing a low temperature work environment consistent with the prevailing breeze and shade environments afforded by the trees and workers sombrilla hat.


  • J&P Construction


  • John Grable Architects


  • Texas Hill Country


  • Completed October 2015