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Adobe Acres Elementary School in Albuquerque housed all of its kindergarten population in portables. This new building addition which includes seven kindergarten classrooms will allow those to be removed. The "V" orientation of the addition is created by two wings situated on axes already defined by the street and other campus buildings. The wings establish a secure, quad-like space in the center of campus, while also creating a street façade along Camino Del Valle SW. Circulation happens under deep overhangs along the inside of each wing and each classroom opens directly to the playground outdoors. The roof overhangs, in conjunction with brick along the outer walls of each wing, help to tie in the design of the existing campus buildings. Ample glazing on the interior sides of the wings gives each classroom daylighting and views to the playground throughout the school day. The two wings meet in roof overhangs only, thus creating an outdoor space that acts as the main entrance. In addition to the seven classrooms is an art and music classroom intended for use by the entire school. This room is designed to be a celebrated space and so it deviates from the rest of the building with its voluminous space, angled outer wall, and standing seam metal cladding. An entirely glazed side opens onto a covered outdoor stage and an amphitheater sunken into the site.

Owner:  Albuquerque Public Schools

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Size: 10,990 SF

Photos by Kirk Gittings