Edward Medina

Edward Medina

New Building Proposal for a Mixed-Use Development
ARC 6146 Advanced Design Studio III, Fall 2010
Bill Dupont Studio

 

The Cityview Village at the old Playland Park Site, located at 2222 N. Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, consists of a mixed-use development including a grocery store, office spaces, retail spaces, live-work units, compact high-density residential apartments, a community garden, courtyards, green spaces, and other support spaces.

The purpose of this development is to provide greater accessibility to housing for the growing number of San Antonians, incoming residents, and young professionals with a desire to live and work near the urban center.

The development will consist of two stories of retail spaces fronting N. Alamo and two stories of grocery store and parking garage space along E. Josephine St.. Also included, will be a group of three, primarily, residential towers that step back away from the street and step up from 6 stories to 16 stories away from E. Josephine St.. The concept behind the design will be rooted in the historical dynamic of the site, which has transitioned from being farmland once cultivated by water from the Acequia Madre to being the home to San Antonio’s first amusement park up until 1980. This dynamic will be characterized by the lively activity in the public spaces and the building responsiveness to the site and its climate through self-power generating solar control shading systems, glass louvered ventilators, and self-adjusting horizontal louvers.

The project is perceived as part of the potentially larger future development along Broadway, being precipitated in part by the new River North District, the San Antonio River Improvement Project, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) initiatives, which could potentially bring in approximately 20,000 new employees, and the possible new VIA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line along Broadway.