“ . . . Provides a much-needed social centerpiece . . . doing so much for the community . . . functional yet beautiful.”
Study of seasonal mesa wind patterns, solar exposure and circulation pathways resulted in WS1’s protected courtyard form, a typology that will influence future building shapes and orientation to maximize habitable outdoor spaces. CNM’s mission encourages learning everywhere with a learning commons loop. By broadening and expanding the building’s primary circulation pathway, a vibrant open space was created to study and encourage faculty-student interaction. WS1 establishes its campus identity and sense of place through its exterior materiality and form, accessibility, adaptability, and warmth of its interior spaces. Views to the Sandia Mountains root building occupants to Albuquerque’s striking natural landmark. The building distinguishes itself with two key programmatic strategies: the Learning Commons Loop and the Faculty Office Pod. By making it the primary circulation space and looping it around the entire central courtyard, the Learning Commons becomes an open, welcoming living room that exposes busy students to a breadth of academic resources. Filled with natural light, the commons offers collaboration, gathering, and study spaces for faculty, staff, students and visitors.
“The campus continues CNM's mission to enable student success, embrace diversity, and build community,” says Luis Campos, Executive Director of the college.
Gould Evans; also Design Plus; Jaynes Corporation; Bridgers & Paxton; RMEabq; Wilson Engineers