The Biering Project, a rubberneck-inducing urban infill development in San Antonio’s Southtown section, was recently given the short documentary treatment with filmmaker Geoff Sheerar’s “Southtown Greenbound.” It’s certainly worth a look.
The creation of young homebuilder and New York City expat Hilary Scruggs of Operative Ventures (her firm designed, developed and built the homes), the Biering Project consists of twin 1,500-square-foot rental properties erected on a small vacant lot in the transitional artist enclave of Southtown, just south of downtown San Antonio.
Features of the LEED Silver-certified homes include Energy Star appliances, tankless water heaters, low-e windows, private gardens, and gray water irrigation systems. And, oh yeah, there’s that not-so-little feature that’s been the main source of all that neighborhood rubbernecking: each home is encased in a distinctive diaphanous aluminum screen that not only provides privacy and illuminates at night but reduces solar heat gain during those toasty Texas afternoons.
Says, Vance Knowles, one of the Biering Project’s residents in the video:
I was attracted to the design immediately — pleasantly surprised that someone was building homes that looked like this, that were built this way, that were sustainable in San Antonio. Again, I was surprised. I don’t think there are many [homes] around like this, are there? In the neighborhood? Not yet.
For more info on the Biering Project and more of Scruggs' work, head on over to the Operative Ventures website. Also, there are several short, supplementary clips on the “Southtown Greenbound” website in addition to the main documentary that are worth checking out.
Video screenshot: Sheerar Studios/Vimeo