A principal partner and owner of a law practice desired to move his firm from a leased office suite in a downtown Albuquerque high-rise to an office of his own. Tucked between the Plaza Inn Hotel and the neighboring Medical Arts Complex, the site sloped to the southwest. The unassuming location for a former full-service gas station, the property seemed at first to be an unlikely site. The location's true potential revealed great opportunities to experience dramatic urban views of downtown Albuquerque to the southwest and views of the Sandia Mountains to the northeast.
An existing retaining wall along the western edge of the property provided a parallel datum to which the building and required parking layout aligned with street and view orientations. Master-planning for the site accommodated room for a future expansion that will match the existing building's footprint in size with utilities and site infrastructure sized to accommodate the future expansion.
The design is realized in one overreaching gesture pivoting the building slightly west of south focusing the metal clad tube-like structure toward the downtown and distant mountain vistas. The building projects over a concrete plinth emphasizing the tube as it sits above the sloping topography. The southern exposure allows controlled solar gain in winter and abundant day-lighting throughout the year.
Pictured Below: An artists depiction of the Scott & Kienzle Law Office commissioned by the owner for a comic convention advertisement. Image by Lydia Roberts. lydiarobotica.com

Albuquerque, NM

3,800 SF

Law Office

Jon Anderson, FAIA

Project Manager:
Mark Harvold, AIA

General Contractor:
Paul W. Kenderdine Inc.

Kirk Gittings

2012 AIA Albuquerque Design Merit Award