Architecture studio Overland Partners has transformed an old warehouse to create itself a new studio and office building in the heart of the arts district of San Antonio, Texas.
Instead of maximising the leasable square footage, they chose quality over quantity and subtracted 1,200 square feet (111 square metres) from the building in order to carve out an entry courtyard.
“We convinced the developer that the courtyard would be an amenity that would increase the value of the building overall,” said Ana Calhoun, client development manager at Overland Partners.
“It’s been very successful and very active right from the beginning.”
The industrial character of the building is preserved inside. Pine timbers and joists, and brick exterior walls were left exposed. Skylights puncture the 18-foot-high (5.5 metre) ceilings, providing even more natural light and airiness to the space.
Existing furniture was re-milled and timbers were salvaged for stair treads, while concrete was saw cut to create pavers for a new terrace off an alley.
Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels provide 50 per cent of the building’s energy needs.
“We moved here because we wanted to create a more open and collaborative work culture,” Calhoun said. “When clients come in, I think it shows them that that’s how we like to work with them as well.”