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Bridging a legacy neighborhood with new development: 100 Labor.

Four story apartment buildings afford prime views of the downtown skyline.
Views into the courtyards connect the project to Labor Street.
The project site knits into the neighborhood across Labor Street.
A mix of exterior materials helps large buildings settle into the site.
The pool courtyard echoes colorful private courtyards of Latin America.
Exterior finishes create visual breaks that help a tall structure settle into the site.

“As with every multifamily project, we sought opportunities to build a truly worthwhile addition into the neighborhood. We set out to create a desirable new downtown address, while acknowledging surrounding heritage.” Billy Lawrence, AIA

“The 100 Labor site is literally steps from my front door. As a resident of historic Lavaca, I approached the design of the project as someone invested in respecting this special, small-scale neighborhood. Through attention to context, we have succeeded in adding significant residential density, while honoring the fabric of the neighborhood,” notes Billy.

Opportunity Home of San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
156,000 SF / 215 units
80/20 market rate/affordable
Completed 2023

Four story apartment buildings afford prime views of the downtown skyline.
Four story apartment buildings afford prime views of the downtown skyline.

100 Labor is located at the edge of Hemisfair, adjacent to the historic Lavaca neighborhood. Today, the Hemisfair site is anchored by the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and is undergoing successive stages of redevelopment. Notably, Alamo Architects was also on the design team for Civic Park at HemisFair, dedicated in 2023 to very positive reviews. 100 Labor joins this vital urban neighborhood: a hub for business and tourism and focus of new interest in downtown living.

The project site, wedged between busy Cesar Chavez Boulevard and the small-scale historic Lavaca neighborhood, presented design challenges. We helped the client navigate the local review board process, addressing both client directives and historic district concerns. Massing was a key consideration: stepped higher toward downtown to afford prime views, the four-story buildings scale down toward the neighborhood; this graceful transition adds an organically urban interest. Scale change is reinforced with careful material choices: an urbane brick façade toward the boulevard, transitioning to primarily lapped siding to the Lavaca side.

“We applied a placemaking strategy to the layout of outdoor spaces and amenities,” adds Billy. “We anticipated the quality of experience new downtown residents expect – an authentic sense of belonging to a place.” Courtyards, both public and private, echo the color and charm of San Antonio’s own inner courtyards, and heritage trees add to the ambiance of its outdoor venues situated along Labor Street. Appealing outdoor spaces along the street are a key feature of this mixed use development, forecasting success for future street level retail.

Adding residential density in any urban setting is sensitive. Our process of incremental placemaking honors legacy context, while anticipating future growth.

Jim Bailey

Project Team

Consultants

Structural | Sterling Engineering Group
MEP | Raymond Engineers
Civil | WGInc
Landscape Architect | TBG Partners

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