The School of Architecture and Planning’s FabLab at the University of New Mexico built in 2007 quickly outgrew its original space and doubled its footprint within a few years. What began as a woodshop evolved into a technologically sophisticated fabrications lab boasting an inventory of 3d printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines. The FabLab needed a permanent Metal Shop structure to replace a temporary outdoor structure they had constructed to house a new plasma cutter and welding equipment.
The FabLab’s new Metal Shop was to enclose a small outdoor court directly adjacent to the FabLab with an open-air non-conditioned space that integrated visually with the existing architecture. This new space was to provide security for the state of the art equipment, allow for positive air flow to remove gaseous fumes, and to quietly exude a progressive ubiquity representing what occurs within. With a modest budget of $120,000, the School embraced a proposal to perforate steel panels in-house both to achieve a specific gradient pattern and to reduce costs.

Albuquerque, NM

530 SF

Fabrications Laboratory Metal Shop

Jon Anderson, FAIA

Project Manager:
James Lucero, AIA

General Contractor:
Klinger Construction

Kirk Gittings

2015 AIA Albuquerque Design Citation Award