The schematic design was a challenge because of the contradictions in site orientation. Due to the sun angles and solar gain, the ideal location for windows in northern New Mexico is on the south facade of a building. However, this site's best views were to the north. A design solution was realized that provided view windows to the Sangre de Cristo mountains to the north while introducing clerestory dormers in the vaulted ceilings to collect light from the south.
The architectural design expresses the ideas of indigenous northern New Mexico architecture in a modern language that is consistent with the clients' lifestyle.
Through careful material selection and site integration, the house sheds its Anywhere, USA persona and becomes a true Albuquerquean. The atmosphere, which is decidedly serene and minimalist, belies the technological infrastructure beneath the skin; photovoltaic solar power generation, rainwater harvesting for landscape irrigation, retro-fit radiant floors, and an interactive white board, just to name a few. Other ammenities include: home office, three-car garage, lap pool, stone retaining walls, custom cherry cabinetry, and modern shogi screen doors.
The Eastside Lofts include four three-story townhomes. They have been designed with flexibility in mind, and can function as a live/ work facility or a more traditional three bedroom home.
Each townhome is 2,675 sf and includes two bedrooms, and office (3rd bedroom), open great room, two car garage, and roof deck with a view of the downtown skyline.
Variation in color is utilized to give a sense of individuality to each unit.
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. Read More »
NewsA jury has selected the Ernie Pyle Middle School Fine Arts Renovation as the recipient of a 2016 AIA Albuquerque Merit Award. The jury called the project "a remarkable transformation that substantially elevated the presence of the arts programs on campus both visually and spiritually." The project brought an existing… Read More »
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