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The school is situated midway along a residential street in a working class neighborhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lowell Elementary School and the Sunshine Terrace Neighborhood are bound to the north by the stadium district and to the southeast by Albuquerque’s municipal airport. This modest structure attempts to engage its context by setting up a circulation spine that links an existing playground with the neighborhood street front. A front door is provided for both the school and neighborhood that allows this building to double as both a gym and public meeting hall.


Natural lighting is provided through a series of clerestory windows surrounding the main activity space. The intensity of light is tempered by a halo of sunscreens which double as roof top equipment shields. A guiding strategy  for this project was that all of the elements needed to play double duty to transcend the budget and the public school's strict building prototype.


In the spirit of double teaming, all finishes in the project are the result of the structural character of the discrete building materials.

Owner: APS

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Size: 4470 SF


Photos by Kirk Gittings