The Duranes Kindergarten has been met with excitement and gratitude from the teachers and school community in general.
"[We] were able to go on a tour of the new building and we are very pleased with everything…. Just wanted to let you know how happy we are. Thanks for everything." - Ramona Corona-Desmond, Kindergarten Teacher.
- Spacious. Each classroom, which will house 4th and 5th grade students, is approximately 980 square feet. Larger classrooms which were requested by the user group allow various furniture layouts, reduce overcrowding and can facilitate project-based learning.
- Acoustics. Ceilings are constructed of Tectum, a unique structural panel which performs approximately 60% better in NRC (noise reduction) than the standard acoustical tiles. HVAC equipment is sound
isolated from the classrooms and specified to have low operational noise.
- Natural light / views. Our site necessitated a north / south orientation, so primary windows are to the east and the west. The sun has been controlled with large overhangs and orientation to limit glare and overheating. Large "light monitors" have been provided in the middle of the rooms to bring the natural light into the back of the room.
Since the Barcelona campus has a very limited area, it is especially important that the building is integrated into the site in a non-intrusive way. The building footprint strengthens the existing circulation artery from the playground to the field through the new breezeway. The design also provides a safe and sheltered waiting area for students at the pick-up/ drop-off area.
The City of Las Cruces intends to install a series of bus shelters imbued with “cultural significance” and educational value. Our proposal identifies a natural phenomenon unique to Las Cruces among New Mexican cities; The City lies in the annual migration path of the Monarch butterfly, an endangered species.
The clustering pattern of hibernating Monarchs suggested a method of creating a panelized system that would allow shelters to be customized depending on the size of their installation site and their degree of use. Additionally, the colored, translucent infill panels allow for individuation and route marking.
The individual panels will be shop-fabricated with the newest technology. Both the webbing and translucent panel will be cut by a CNC (computer numerically controlled) plasma cutter for a high degree of precision.
Baker A+D teamed with Chris Beccone and Modulus, a fabrication shop in Albuquerque to propose these shelters.
Baker Architecture + Design provides full architectural services with a concentration on developing creative modern solutions utilizing contemporary materials and technologies appropriate to the climate and indigenous architecture of New Mexico.
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NewsBaker A+D Wins Most Prestigious Award in New Mexico. Given every two years, the Harnar Award recognizes excellence in contemporary architectural design for buildings constructed in New Mexico. The jury included Christopher Hawthorne, LA Times architecture critic, and noted designer Steve Badanes. They selected the Barcelona Elementary School addition from… Read More »
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