Experiencing Great Architecture and Creative Built Environments

-NM I-40 Roadtrip

UNM School of Architecture and Planning (2007)

Antoine Predock FAIA, Architect

University of New Mexico George Pearl Hall

1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131

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From my Archives, Photos taken December 13, 2008

Antoine Predock has delivered a strikingly modern building which acts as the gateway to the otherwise “ubiquitous Pueblo Revival architecture” of the University of New Mexico campus. The facility fronts Central Avenue which was part of the historic Route 66 through Albuquerque. The building provides a variety of gathering spaces, both interior and exterior for lectures, project crituques, studying and …..skateboarders. The white wall slab projecting out of the west facade over the entrance is used as a screen to project videos on after dark.

Architect’s Web Page featuring Building

Architect Magazine Story

Bart Prince Studio Addition

Bart Prince Architect

Adjacent to 3501 Monte Vista Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM

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From the Archives, photos taken December 13, 2008

Directly adjacent to the Bart Prince Residence and Studio, this angular building is lifted above a seemingly separate one story volume below. This shares many similiarities in arrangement of forms with the Prince Residence and Studio next door, but was executed in a more angular and rigidily geometric way. When I was there, I suspected that this may be by Prince, but just took the photos of the building as the shapes and forms intrigued me…I wanted to be up on that balcony.

In going through my archives to post Prince’s original Studio building next door, I did some research to add a few links and background information for that post. Well, in a video interview with Prince there was a reference to this building indicating that it is an addition by Prince to his studio.

I do not know when it was built, but what I find interesting is you can see the transformation and variety of Prince’s design aesthetic side by side. Of the two, this is the one I would want to live and work in.

Bart Prince Residence and Studio (1984/90)

Bart Prince, Architect

3501 Monte Vista Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM

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From the Archives, Photos from December 13, 2008

While in College, I remember seeing this building published and was intrigued by it. It seemed a little too “hippie” or as we would say in Ann Arbor a little “granola” for my taste, but was still intrigued none the less. During a trip to Albuquerque a few years ago, I had some time to search out interesting architecture while I was there. Luckly I recalled this building was there…and I found it after a quick search.

Located in a residential neighborhood just east of the University, there it was, right on the corner, with the second story ribbed capsule visible above the trees and landscaping (If that doesn’t get your attention, just look for the metal dinosaur sculptures in the front yard). Driving down the street, with fairly normal houses lining it on both sides, when you come upon this house you know that a very creative person lives here, and that a very creative architect designed it. In this case, they are one in the same – Bart Prince.

This is his Residence and Studio. It is a creative burst of crafty energy, reminding me in some ways of Bruce Goff’s organic spirals and forms, with a little Jules Verne submarine imagery thrown in for good measure. The more you look at it the more you see. There are tile patterns, steel stud sunscreens, round porthole windows, ribbed frames resting on steel beams, Arcosanti Bells, various antennae, post and masts, and stucco shells “lifted up” providing clerestory windows. This is the type building that is fun to discover, one that you can just enjoy the creativity as you walk around in wonder and awe – mostly about how he got those steps and guardrails going up the side of the concrete block curved wall past the building code officials.

The Model Architect – Video from Dwell Magazine on Prince

Link to Architect’s webpage

Link to Architectural Digest Profile of Prince

I am taking the time to go through my archives and posting some of the buildings I have visited prior starting this blog. While some of the photographs are taken with early low-resolution digital cameras, hopefully they capture the general feeling of the buildings…prompting a visit of your own.