Texas Architect July/Aug 2008: Regional Response
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
texas architect 7 / 8 2 0 0 8 69 Portfolio: Mixed-use the Blue star Lofts is located in the Blue star arts complex near downtown san antonio. the complex is an adaptive reuse of an area that was once made up of aban- doned industrial warehouses. today the area holds gal- leries, living space, and non-profit art space. the four- story mixed-use building was designed and completed by sprinkle robey architects. the 29,000-square-foot building includes two lower levels of commercial space and two upper levels of residential space. the Blue star Lofts holds 16 open-plan apartments with private balconies. the top floor of the residence includes mez- zanines with individual access to the rooftop terrace. the building’s mass was pulled in at the commercial levels to account for its primary orientation to the east. the solar shading created additional covered outdoor spaces where residents can enjoy the elevated patios and basement garden areas. Megan Braley project Blue Star Lofts, San Antonio client Liberty Properties, LP architect Sprinkle & Co.; Robey Architecture (formerly Sprinkle Robey Architects) design team Davis Sprinkle, AIA; Thom Robey, AIA; Alan Neff contractor Sumner Hayes, LP consultants Civil Engineering Consultants (civil); AccuTech Consultants, LLC (structural); MEP Design, Inc. (MEP); Accessibility Unlimited (ADA); Edens, Inc. (code life safety) photographer Hester + Hardaway Photographers resources architectural metal work : MBCI; railings and handrails : CableRail (Feeney Architectural Products); laminates : Abet, Inc., Wilsonart; siding : James Hardie; entrances and storefronts : Kawneer; interior doors and hardware : Alamo Building Specialties; glass : Bul- verde Glass, Inc.; acoustical treatments : Gyp-crete (Maxxon); paints : ICI; decorative finishes : Dal Tile; lighting : Cooper Lighting; elevator : Schindler Elevator Corp. Blue star lofts 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 typicaL residentiaL fLoor pLan 1 loft 2 interior corridor