The Cellars residential tower is located on the historic Pearl Brewery campus overlooking the San Antonio river. The new structure is part of a masterplan redefining urban living in the 21st century Alamo City.
The design of the ground floor public spaces was based on regional precedent to establish a strong sense of community and identity. The goal was to celebrate the unique value of local, natural and historical elements of San Antonio and Texas as well as the past and present cultural diversity of the region. The interiors express strong ties to the original German neo-renaissance architecture of the former brewery complex with disciplined arrangement of rooms along significant axes and vistas, substantial wall masses and refined room proportions, balanced with playful Hispanic tile base and baroque tables. Iron light fixtures, exposed brick and concrete reference the area’s industrial heritage.
A deep arcade shields the entry door and creates a domestic porch. Opening the door reveals the loggia with a view of a bronze javelina mid-leap with a lush, exotic garden and the riverside beyond.
Inside, white walls provide a backdrop for highlighting works of local artisans. A luminous print exhibiting landmarks anchors the Loggia, aerial maps by Augustus Koch hang in the Map Room, while Eugene Goldbeck’s panoramas illustrate the city’s history in the Mail Room. Elsewhere, sculptors portrayed the local fauna in bronze, limestone, ceramic and wood, which also give a playful identity to pivotal architectural moments. All these pieces are remindful of the regional spirit, easily discovered within the meticulously curated library shelves.
Tabletops, intricately detailed elevator panels display the beauty of mesquite wood, while traditional techniques were used to create the chairs and benches. D’Hanis brick and regional limestone surround the fireplace, the floor and ceilings of significant rooms are lined with salvaged longleaf pine.FULL PROJECT DETAILS >