Rio Grande High School
Art and Technology Building
Albuquerque Public Schools
Completed: 2002
Cost: $3.5 million

The building consolidates four existing trade and art buildings into a single structure. The resulting interior sky-lit street is animated by the varied textures and colors of the original exterior brick walls, new polished concrete masonry and tile facings. The free-form arrangement of light fixtures and the street’s irregular form further emphasize the space as a place for informal encounters. In character with its studio and industrial uses, much of the interior, including the corridors, studios, and shops, have exposed structure and building systems, as well as exposed masonry walls.