RMKM

Cultural Projects

Museums:

Albuquerque Museum - Phase I Expansion

Albuquerque Museum - Phase II Renovation

Farmington Gateway Museum

Farmington Nature Center

New Mexico Museum of Space History

New Mexico Veteran's Museum

Libraries:

City of Albuquerque Westside Library

Roswell Public Library

UNM Gallup Zollinger Library

Village of Cuba Public Library

Williams Memorial Library

Ecclesiastical:

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

“The Animas Park facilities are additional gems, enhancing the surroundings and encouraging the personal involvement of the visitor, exactly what they were envisioned to do.”

 

Julie Baird

Former Museum Administrator

 

 

Architecture  |  Planning  |  Interiors

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CITY OF FARMINGTON

NATURE CENTER

 

The Nature Center is situated within a unique northern New Mexico environment: a nature preserve adjacent to the Animas River. To invite and educate users of all ages about its environment, the Center incorporates the building program, a system of pathways that engage the surrounding environment and an outdoor classroom.

 

Suggestive of a rural compound that has gracefully evolved, three interconnected building volumes with distinct programs and materials loosely attach to a central spine. A glazed observation room forms the prow of the composition and focuses the viewer north over a grassy wetland toward a constructed pond. Spaces for exhibits, hands-on activities, education seminars and administration/service all incorporate passive solar design, natural ventilation and daylighting. The informal, durable and low-maintenance design of the Nature Center compliments its setting and educational program, emphasizing the environment and sustainability.

Owner: City of Farmington

Location: Farmington, NM

Size: 3,200 SF

Photos by Kirk Gittings