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Category: Contemporary

  • Spaceport America “Gateway to Space” Hangar Facility

    Spaceport America “Gateway to Space” Hangar Facility

    Spaceport America, located 30 miles southeast of Truth or Consequences in the Jornada del Muerto desert, is the first commercial spaceport built in the world.

  • The Crosby Theatre at the Santa Fe Opera

    The Crosby Theatre at the Santa Fe Opera

    The Crosby Theatre, performance venue for the Santa Fe Opera, is an open-air theatre with a unique roof structure. Another unique feature is that sunsets and summer storms can be viewed through the opening in the rear of the stage.

  • Mesa Public Library 

    Mesa Public Library 

    The architecture of Mesa Public Library is composed of two major elements: a long, wedge-shaped volume pointing north, and a segment of a circle that emphasizes the panorama of the Jemez Mountains.  

  • White Rock Visitor Center

    White Rock Visitor Center

    The White Rock Visitor Center provides a gateway to near by national monuments and preserves.  The building uses materials that recall natural bluffs and mountain cabins. 

  • UNM Central Campus

    UNM Central Campus

    The University of New Mexico was founded in 1889 when New Mexico was still a territory of the United States. The architectural development of the central campus balances a regional, Southwestern design identity with 130 years of architectural design evolution.

  • Erna Fergusson Library

    Erna Fergusson Library

    Erna Fergusson Library is composed of three types of volumes:  a low rectangular box; high, half-arched volumes; and a tower. Each of these shapes has a different form and function.

  • ¡Explora! Science Center & Children’s Museum

    ¡Explora! Science Center & Children’s Museum

    The architecture of ¡Explora! is colorful and playful.  It beckons children of all ages to come in and have fun learning.

  • Borowski Residence

    Borowski Residence

    The Borowski Residence design emphasizes home, hearth, and light. A simple palate of materials and careful detailing are used to execute three levels of space in an unusual way.

  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    On a hill at the edge of the Moreno Valley in northern New Mexico, two curved, white planes soar toward the sky. Where the surfaces almost meet is the Peace and Brotherhood Chapel, the major feature of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

  • UNM Dreamstyle Arena (“The Pit”)

    UNM Dreamstyle Arena (“The Pit”)

    The University of New Mexico’s basketball arena is known nationally for the atmosphere created by the sunken court. The noise level created at a game generated the name, “The Pit.” However, the most interesting architectural aspect of “The Pit” is the way it was built.

  • Nob Hill District 

    Nob Hill District 

    The Nob Hill District was Albuquerque’s first suburban shopping area based on the automobile.  Central Avenue, a part of historic Route 66, is the backbone of this district. Catering to the 1930s residential area that developed east of UNM, the Nob Hill commercial area fostered a wide range of architectural styles.

  • Atrisco Heritage Academy High School

    Atrisco Heritage Academy High School

    The architecture of Atrisco Heritage Academy High School is as bold and proud as were the original settlers of the Atrisco Land Grant given by King Philip II of Spain to colonists in 1598.

  • Central & Unser – Patrick J. Baca Library

    Central & Unser – Patrick J. Baca Library

    This handsome public building provides an important cultural focus for the developing West Side of Albuquerque.

  • City of Rocks State Park Visitor Center

    City of Rocks State Park Visitor Center

    The City of Rocks State Park’s Visitor Center enhances the natural resource without competing with it. The dramatic rock façade is camouflaged to match the landscape.

  • Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

    Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

    The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts appears to be more a geological find than a piece of architecture.

  • George I. Sánchez Collaborative Community School

    George I. Sánchez Collaborative Community School

    An innovative educational program, its architectural form, unscheduled collaboration spaces, and its colorful facades distinguish this school’s design.

  • Albuquerque Museum

    Albuquerque Museum

    The Albuquerque Museum has served as a major attraction for the city since it outgrew its first home, at the Sunport, becoming more dynamic over the years . . .

  • Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center

    Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center

    Designed to accommodate a wide variety of uses—from fitness to art classes and more—for citizens of all ages, Manzano Mesa was the first such facility . . .

  • Isotopes Park

    Isotopes Park

    Isotopes Park is a near 100% replacement of the original Albuquerque Dukes stadium (Albuquerque Sports Stadium) on this site. . . .

  • Del Norte High School (revitalization) and Nex+Gen Academy

    Del Norte High School (revitalization) and Nex+Gen Academy

    The intersection of Montgomery and San Mateo Boulevards is one of the busiest in Albuquerque. . . .

  • Botanic Garden (ABQ BioPark)

    Botanic Garden (ABQ BioPark)

    The ABQ BioPark’s Botanic Garden opened in 1996; the site, shared with the facility’s Aquarium, fills 32 acres along the Rio Grande….

  • Old Albuquerque High School

    Old Albuquerque High School

    The Old Albuquerque High School complex dates to 1914. Its Gothic Revival style appearance—dark red brick, white trim, peaked pediments, and grouped windows—was the choice of many educational institutions across the country in the early 1900s. . . .

  • National Hispanic Cultural Center (District)

    National Hispanic Cultural Center (District)

    The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. The campus is composed of five buildings and a number of landscape features. The new buildings and landscapes are contemporary interpretations of a variety of styles related to the U.S. Southwest, Latin America, and the…

  • Rio Grande Nature Center and Preserve

    Rio Grande Nature Center and Preserve

    The Rio Grande Valley is a major migratory bird flyway and the Albuquerque Bosque is part of one of the longest Cottonwood forests in the world. As architect Antoine Predock has said of this site, “The building can be thought of as a permanent viewing blind set up with controlled apertures offering specific views of…

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