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Multi-Family 1221 Broadway Lofts

Project Description

From Abandon Concrete Structures to an Award Winning Adaptive Reuse Development

One of the first major residential developments near the iconic Pearl, 1221 Broadway Lofts is an award winning adaptive reuse project that includes 307 apartments and 10,000 SF of street level office space. In a commitment to revitalize downtown San Antonio, Area Real Estate took charge of an abandoned concrete superstructure project, and breathed new life and vision into it. KW incorporated on-site materials including simple concrete fixtures, complemented by beautiful, lush green landscaping.

The property complements the intimate green courtyards, ideal for outdoor picnics and gatherings, along with pools that offer a picturesque view of the iconic Riverwalk. With a short distance from our San Antonio office, our team can immerse themselves and reflect on this unique and special project in the heart of the city.

Experience the allure of the surrounding abundance—trees, natural light, fresh air, and soothing shades enveloping the entire complex. Discover and elevate your living experience at 1221 Broadway, where modern design meets urban charm!

Project Highlights

Client:AREA Real Estate
Location:San Antonio, TX
Size:17 Building Structures
Units:307 Units
Amenity Features:On-Structure Pool, On-Grade Pool, Fireplace, Courtyards, Outdoor Kitchen, Lounge Areas, Dog Park

The Challenge

After the initial developer faced legal challenges and eventually succumbed to bankruptcy, the ambitious project of constructing a multi-family concrete structure ground to a halt. Left in a state of abandonment, the skeletal framework of the building became a poignant reflection of dashed dreams and unrealized potential. Over time, what was once envisioned as a beacon of urban development gradually transformed into an unintended refuge for the downtown homeless population. The passage of time and neglect took its toll on the site. Most notably, essential elements of the construction such as plumbing fixtures and safety railings were scavenged and sold off to scrap yards, stripping the structure of its functionality and safety measures. What remained was a haunting testament to urban decay, characterized by graffiti-covered walls and a sense of desolation reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic landscape.

The Solution

Fast forward a few years, with a commitment to revitalizing downtown San Antonio, Area Real Estate took charge of an abandoned concrete superstructure project, injecting new life and vision into the initiative. The aim was to leverage the existing concrete structures to their design advantage, birthing a fresh, urban, multi-family complex with a gritty aesthetic. Despite the challenges posed by the concrete, it prompted the design team to shift our focus away from individual units and towards creating inviting outdoor courtyard spaces that fostered community interaction. This change highlighted the project’s emphasis on bringing residents together in shared spaces. This project stands as a testament to the pivotal role landscape architecture can play in revitalizing projects. By integrating sustainable features, it not only enhances the quality of life for residents but also contributes positively to the environment, embodying a harmonious blend of functionality and eco-conscious design.

Plant & Materials Palette

Shaping the Outdoor Experience


Cedar Elm

Ulmus crassifolia


Mexican Fan Palm

Washington robusta


Variegated Flax Lily

Dianella tasmanica 'Variegata'


Firecracker Plant

Russelia Officinalis


Giant Liriope

Liriope gigantea


Sandy Leaf Fig

Ficus tikoua

Project Team

Our Urban Lifestyle Studio Team has unrivaled on-structure expertise backed by decades of experience. We have the necessary knowledge that allows us to convey a shared vision with our clients, all while maintaining our creativity and a deep understanding of the built environment. On-structure landscape architecture requires intense coordination with the architect, as well as structural, MEP, and any other consultants, to allow for a seamless project. High-level coordination with these project representatives leads to better building processes, removing potential conflict and risk from a project.

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Darin Weinheimer


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Wesley Salazar