Design enhancement concept for the Stinson Airport Air Traffic Control Tower. Design goals were to reflect the cultural history and identity of South San Antonio, and inspire civic pride while also honoring the legacy of Stinson Field with a design response to the aviation mission for the next 100 years.
The San Antonio missions have withstood the test of time for hundreds of years since the beginnings of the first European explorers and settlers of the area. The recent designation of the missions as a World Heritage Site is testimonial to the importance these iconic structures will continue to be at the heart of a regional experience for residents and visitors alike. Likewise, aviation in San Antonio dates back to the beginnings of flight with many notable and historical aviators based in San Antonio playing key roles in the development of the industry.
Stinson Airport and its founding namesakes are testimonial to this spirit of exploration and maverick endeavors that signifies the San Antonio experience. It is with these two historical backdrops that we approached our tower design as something that would reach back and pay tribute to the foundations of the city and the aviation industry which the tower serves, yet be forward looking in appearance for another 100 years of aviation service and a pride to the community.
We sought to identify architectural features and textures from the area missions which could be reimagined with a forward looking design for the tower. One such mission caught our attention with its subtle yet commanding features of architectural style. Mission San Juan with its restrained edges, understated textured motif, and demure façade stood out as a role model.