This house rests on a site located in Albuquerque, New Mexico bordering the 160 acre Rio Grande Nature Center to the south and the Rio Grande River corridor to the West. The wildfowl habitat is on a major migratory flyway hosting snow geese, sand hill cranes and the occasional endangered whooping crane.
Designed to maximize views of the bird habitat and to take advantage of solar exposure and passive ventilation, the house hosts simple sustainable materials and the thoughtful use of glass to blend the indoor and outdoor living spaces. The major living areas align the Southern exposure and view windows. Overhangs protect these areas from the high summer sun but exploit the low winter sun for passive heat gain. The house sits below the ancient cottonwoods with distant views of the Sandia mountain range to the East, the Rio Grande Bosque to the West and abundant migratory wildfowl to the South.

Albuquerque, NM

4,590 SF

Private Residence

Jon Anderson, FAIA

Project Manager:
Jarrod Arellano, AIA

General Contractor:
Blueher Abodes

Kirk Gittings

2009 AIA New Mexico Design Honor Award
2008 AIA Albuquerque Su Casa Magazine Design Honor Award
2007 AIA Albuquerque Design Honor Award