- Sustainable Architecture
- Clayton & Little for The Bottling Department Food Hall in San Antonio, Texas
The design team from Clayton & Little looked to historical photos and drawings of the original building for their architectural cues. The decorative brick corbeling and stone arches reference the enchanting architecture of the 1890s. With its new use in mind, the architects developed a modified version of the original wood truss design to accommodate a cupola, spilling light into the hall below while acting as a nightly beacon that illuminates the surrounding complex. The new interior trusses were built with Douglas fir while the new wood roof uses laminated Western Red cedar. The addition of a canopy to the north side patio makes outdoor seating a pleasure even on sweltering summer days.
The food hall dining room is designed as one big flexible space, into which the vendor stalls are inserted. The basic design of the raw, steel-framed stalls with milky inset glass windows, and charred wood panelling can be customized to suit their offerings Running along the north side is a large bar with a ladder to access additional storage above.
The materials that Clayton & Little have used for the timeless finishes and interiors are durable and designed to age gracefully. Honed marble countertops and painted steel and copper storefronts blend with industrial era light fixtures to create a refined yet gritty dining room space.
Pearl is committed to sustainability throughout the whole campus. It is a walkable location, with plenty of bicycle parking and nearby transit stops lessening the need to drive. As an added incentive, Pearl also supports the San Antonio Bike Share Program. All non-potable water on site is either recycled or captured rainwater made possible through a public/private partnership between Pearl and the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), because water is a precious resource, particularly in central Texas. The hub’s landscaping complements the brewery’s buildings and is based on native plantings. Indeed, the former brewery has planted a total of 662 trees property-wide, including tall trees and smaller trees, using about one-fifth of the water an average landscape would require.
The Bottling Dept. Food Hall revives part of the industrial past of Pearl Brewery, San Antonio looking to be user-friendly and responsible, and all to the advantage of local production. It is reopening again on 9 June after remaining closed due to the pandemic.
Project: Clayton & Little
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
Images: Nick Simonite