This adaptive reuse project introduces natural lighting with efficient tubular skylights and brings the garden indoors through energy-efficient, full-height windows. Three specialized therapy rooms are located just off a spacious, naturally-illuminated lobby which is shared with the adjacent pediatric medical clinic. Private offices for therapists and a shared social workers office all have new windows also. The reception area is centrally located under a luminous and colorful fabric cloud, a digitally-designed fabrication. The soft and dynamic shape provides a sense of transformation and movement, and a second fabric cloud hovers over the waiting area.
The acoustic environment plays a critical role in providing effective therapy. Absorptive surfaces create a quiet atmosphere, and privacy is ensured with high sound transmission coefficient (STC) partition assemblies and doors with acoustical seals.
San Antonio, Texas
The Childrens Shelter
3,785 square feet (interior)
construction cost (withheld)
Western red cedar, steel, tubular daylight devices, custom-designed fabric clouds, rubber flooring, carpet, maple veneer millwork and doors, aluminum frames, gypsum board, glass and aluminum fenestration.
Project Design Team & Consultants:
SYNCRO Architecture Studio team: David Bogle, R.A., AIA, Pablo Cesar Chavez
Structural Engineering: HQ Engineering
MEP Engineering: RGM Engineering, LLC
Civil Engineering: Tomsu Stokinger Engineering, LLC
Fabric assemblies: Duvall Design, Inc.
Environmental Graphics/Branding: Bradford Lawton
Interiors: Linda Fugit
Constructor: G.W. Mitchell Construction
Photography: Dror Baldinger, FAIA