San Antonio Museum of Art

San Antonio, TX


CambridgeSeven’s transformation of the old Lone Star brewery into a fine art museum retains the original industrial interiors while taking on a newfound elegance as a series of art galleries. Combining the technical challenge of updating complex building systems and providing new circulation paths, the design also introduces new architectural elements, such as the glass bridge, skylights over the lobby, and a rooftop pavilion, which were developed in a crisp vocabulary of dark glass and steel, both to celebrate the original building and to signal its new use, through contrast.