LAS CRUCES CITY HALL, Las Cruces NM
The Las Cruces City Hall is located at the north end of the downtown area on North Main Street. The new 115,000 square foot building is adjacent to Brannigan Library and incorporates a parking deck which enabled the City to retain a large park shared by City Hall and the Library. The project includes a large pedestrian plaza which serves as the public entry and the north anchor of the revitalized downtown mall. The building is designed to evoke contemporary Territorial style and create a signature statement for the City’s respect for the past and engagement of the future.
An iconic 200 seat Council Chambers, round in shape and colored gold to be consistent with the extensive use of goldstone walls throughout the City, is a key component of the building’s expression. The building is designed to capture the beautiful views of the Organ Mountains to the east and create a strong civic expression to Main Street on the west. Deep overhangs, sunshades, and a covered portal are a response to the southern and western exposures. The lobby includes a signature skylight and serves as the orientation space for the “one stop shop”. City agencies with the greatest level of public interaction are conveniently located on the ground floor. The public accesses departments through an east and north facing corridor which features views of the Organ Mountains while providing daylight to interior areas of the building. The design is efficient, durable, and tastefully appointed without being extravagant.
photos by Patrick Coulie Photography 2010