A signature design in travertine
Through permanent displays and special exhibitions, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History features art of the Southwest and 400 years of the city's history. A recent 45,000-square-foot expansion to the museum, which was originally designed by noted architect Antoine Predock, in 1979, included the extensive use of native travertine for both exterior and interior features, as well as Turkish travertine for flooring throughout the space.
Furthermore, Rohde said that the client wanted â€œa dramatic and provocative design statement that would be an inviting attraction and establish a fresh signature for Albuquerque's 30-year-old institution.â€
To meet this desired aesthetic, architect's selected New Mexico travertine - which is quarried in Belin, NM, by Rocky Mountain Stone - in a â€œdry stackâ€ application for the exterior facade of the building as well as interior walls. â€œNew Mexico travertine was used because of its rich color, pattern and texture,â€ said Rohde. â€œIt is truly an indigenous, local material that helps anchor the architecture to this region. The dry stack design has been done a lot in sandstone, and we were interested in using this particular stone in a dry stack application, which we hadn't seen before.â€
The museum's expansion - which included an 8,000-square-foot changing exhibitions gallery, a grand hall and entrance, special events hall, an expanded sculpture garden, new gallery store and a cafe - doubled the size of the original structure.
Architect: Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture, Albuquerque, NM
General Contractor: Bradbury Stamm Construction, Albuquerque, NM
Subcontractor: Rockscapes, Albuquerque, NM; Kolle Tile, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (floor)
Stone Supplier/Quarrier: Rocky Mountain Stone, Albuquerque, NM (New Mexico travertine)
Stone Supplier: Milestone, Inc., Santa Fe, NM (Turkish travertine)