In addition to being a training site for World War I pilots, “Stinson Field” was also the home of the first woman-operated flying school in the nation. Our design for improvements to its new control tower references this history by calling for a steel armature to be attached to the original design’s precast concrete panels. The form and articulation of this secondary structure references the construction of early aircraft and their fabric-clad skin. During the day the fabric-clad airfoil shapes read as abstracted interpretations of biplane wings. At night, these wings glow with internal LED illumination.

 

“The new tower design is a good representation of the history of Stinson airport and the Stinson family.”

- Rebecca Viagran, San Antonio City Councilwoman
 

 *with Work5hop and AJT Engineering