A Modern Library

Brick and Stone: Architecture and Preservation

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe New Mexico Architectural Foundation held its annual membership meeting at the Central and Unser Branch library in Albuquerque. We were given an overview of the design and construction phase of the library project by one of the chief architects involved and then led on a tour of the facility by the library system director.

These are a few pictures of the award-winning library with a few notes on some of the features. Go to the NM Architectural Foundation’s web sites for more detail (see below).


New Mexico and Albuquerque are “stucco happy” in a sense because it works in this dry climate and it harks back to some traditional southwestern cultural basics. It also blends in with the desert terrain but if you want something to stand out you use a different material.  In this project the choice was brick, to provide a monumental permanence to the structure, and lots of…

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