"Storybook Houses" Is Coming to the San Antonio Botanical Garden

The San Antonio Botanical Garden will be a little more magical than usual between March 5 and July 10.

It's teaming up with the San Antonio chapter of The American Institute of Architects for "Storybook Houses," an exhibit showcasing five interpretations of storied tales with a focus on the environment, recycling, education and sustainability. 

"This year’s theme opened up so many possibilities for the creative teams participating,” Bob Brackman, executive director of the San Antonio Botanical Garden, says in a press release. "The designs will be fun for the entire family to explore.”

Area architects and design teams contributed submissions to a competitive field, according to a press release, that were judged by representatives from the San Antonio Public Library, the Botanical Garden and The American Institute of Architects. They were scored on criteria, including creativity of design; incorporation of weather-resistant materials; focus on recycling, reuse or sustainability; accessibility; collaboration; and design appeal for people of all ages.

Winners include "Oh! The Places You'll Go," Belen Aguilar and Jeff Olivares, of PBK Architects; "San Antonio & the Beanstalk," by Lucas Mackey, Esau Hernandez and Marcel Van der Maas, all of Overland Partners; "Worms at Work," by Christopher Drown and Lauran Drown of Bucrane Design Build; "The Little House," by JAmes P. Beyer, of RVK Architects, and Andi Galloway, of Joeris General Contractors; and "Sleeping Beauty," by Ernest Guerrero of South San Antonio High School.

The Partnership between the Botanical Garden and The American Institute of Architects began in 2008 and has resulted in the "Terrific Treehouses," exhibit, followed by the 2010 "Playhouses and Forts" exhibit, and the 2014 "Birdhouses" exhibit.

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