Tour of Atrium
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incredible spans of the trusses and the complexity of the different
floor levels I think will foster an awareness of design Santa Fe's
children need to see. When a sculptural design like this works with
the internal program, you have architecture. I think this building
raises the bar in terms of design in Santa Fe".
City of Santa Fe
FE, NEW MEXICO
We began the Genoveva Chavez Community Center project by successfully
facilitating a series of workshops and focus groups with City and
County governments, City residents, neighborhood organizations, youth
and sports clubs, various interest groups and adjacent land owners
to generate a community-endorsed land purchase and annexation agreement,
master plan and facility program.
The program of the Genoveva Chavez Community Center emerged from the
workshops as a desire in Santa Fe to bring the community together
through shared activities. Our goal was to design a facility that
would reflect this desire and also express its unifying purpose by
physically integrating the building into the cityscape.
To express the Community Center's purpose as a community gath er ing
place, the three main activity areas, the Natatorium, Ice Arena and
Gymnasium are grouped around a multi-level atrium space which visually
connects all four acres of space in the Center. This transparency
fosters a sense of community within the building by allowing people
to sense and experience other activities while they are swimming,
ice skating, running, strength-training, dining or passing from one
area to another.
The relationship between the Santa Fe community and its unique setting
was also important to us in the design of the facility. The special
quality and intensity of light in Santa Fe, which continually changes
through out the day and from season to season, animates the main spaces
in the building through clerestories, skylights and windows. We created
a visual connection to the sur round ing land scape and mountains
through large openings in the exterior walls, each opening framing
a distinct view. In addition to daylighting, passive solar heating,
passive cooling, water conservation and water harvesting strategies
were in corporated into the facility's design to support Santa Fe's
commitment to preserving its unique environment.