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Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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Legorreta + Legorreta
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Photo: Lourdes Legorreta

The College of Santa Fe has set out to create a program that will make the College one of the
leading art schools worldwide, attracting the best students and recruiting the best professors.
To achieve this goal the College recognized that a world class building, a symbol of pride and
academic excellence, was a necessary addition to a good arts program.

movies and seminars. not to offend the city or the landscape. The exterior facades. by designing a horizontal building with a residential scale. library. classrooms. He takes us from a less-than-bucolic setting to a realm more abstract than referential and renders color a moving experience. and an outdoor courtyard for eating and exhibiting art.000 square foot complex. Tishman Hall. the 1999 Chicago Athenaeum Architecture Award and the 1999 Grand Winner Exterior Award presented by the Associated General Contractors of America. living room. Being part of the general circulation.Before design started. the teachers lounge and faculty offices. with open spaces for students to meet. are painted deep orange and red. The Santa Fe Art Institute has twelve bedrooms for students. connected by a portico. The Visual Arts Center received the 1999 AIA New Mexico Design Award. and the insularity of the courtyards gives respite from the sprawl of a modern campus and the retail strip that flanks the site." In these chambers. Faculty offices. inspired by the concept of the little pueblo. The concept was driven by the programmatic and philosophical needs of the College. one seems intentionally divorced from the city: Fuchsia and purple invoke a surprising sense of serenity. Each department had to be easily recognized. theater. bringing drama and excitement to the courtyard. In contrast. Over the years the College Campus had developed without a Master Plan which had led to a diversity of buildings scattered around the Campus. Located on the south side of the complex. the facades in the interior courtyards are painted brilliant colors. conference room and the Visual Resource Library are placed around a courtyard. clad in synthetic stucco. a small auditorium for 100 people. Even though the Campus is outside the limits of the Historic Center Legorreta + Legorreta made a conscious decision. in the place of single building. The entrance to the complex is framed by a studio building and a three-sided tower. the only twostory structure. "color becomes part of the space. part of phase one. Legorreta's colors are alternately indigenous and alien to Santa Fe. To give each department a different personality Legorreta + Legorreta has designed a town. but exotic here in America. the Art History Center. Activities include lectures. four studios. lavender. . in Legorreta's terms. purple and fuchsia. the Art History Center houses the public uses for the College of Santa Fe Visual Arts Center. a conference room. Tipton Lecture Hall and the Santa Fe Art Institute. offices. interact and exhibit their work. has painting and drawing studios. His deep red and orange facades sustain the city's architectural palette of earth tones. The Art History Library is placed in the middle as a sculpture. the brilliant hues of the courtyards within are more common in Mexico. unity and individuality. The structures are connected by courtyards and porticoes. Tipton Lecture Hall. These colors are more than willful gestures: They create outdoor rooms where. seminar rooms. Legorreta + Legorreta recommended that the College prepare a Master Plan that would take advantage of the new Visual Arts Center and also set the tone for future development. Legorreta's design makes an illuminating proposition: Color offers a legitimate way for a contemporary architect to be a Romantic. the Hall is also used by students from other schools. sits alone as an independent structure. contains the Marion Center for Photographic Arts. Photo: Lourdes LegorretaThe Visual Arts Center will be built in two phases over a period of five years. The five structure 52. Tishman Hall.