Informed by the remnants of Albuquerque's once rural North Valley, the design of the home recalls the historic village compounds of Northern New Mexico. The home's adobe-like walls, pitched metal roof, dormer windows, building mass, stepped forms, and exterior courtyards all harken to a home steeped in local design tradition, in a contemporary interpretation. An expansive view of the Sandia Mountains anchors the public living areas.
Surrounded by grassy fields and anchored by the large cottonwood trees of the Rio Grande River Valley this two story residence is a reflection of the owner's southern roots. The impetus of the design was the owner's love of the Georgian and Federal styles but interpreted in a New Mexico vernacular. Pitched metal roof, portals, court-yards, large, deep set windows with window seats, and doorways that open onto courtyards are some of the indigenous design elements.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, this dramatic home is oriented to capture panoramic views of the City, the Rio Grande River Valley, and the high desert landscape from the various balconies, porches, and decks that extend on all sides of the home. Set within the confines of mountain boulders, house and pool are bounded by the natural landscape of rocks, trees, and a small meandering arroyo. The entry stairway connects three levels of living space.
The design program for this urban expansion called for the addition of multiple wall canvases to display an art collection which had outgrown the home. The kitchen addition meets the needs of a large family and supports entertaining sizeable crowds. The new entry and vestibule provides wall space to accommodate specific large pieces of art. An art installation spans the kitchen soffit and floor to ceiling windows focus the view to an outdoor sculpture garden. All elements of the expansion were designed to define this art showcase.