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Edward Gonzales Elementary School

The building’s shape protects the playground from the southwestern summer and northwestern winter winds on Albuquerque’s west side.

The playground’s east side is opens to views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Walking and activity are encouraged in this outdoor space with walkways that provide the fastest link from classrooms to the gym and cafeteria.

Classrooms are grouped around breakout spaces, each with an identifying color so that the school is composed of a series of smaller teaching pods.

The daylit breakout spaces provide additional teaching space for group activities, one-to-one tutoring and teacher storage.

Daylighting strategies include even lighting, motion sensors, photocells and an energy management system that sweeps off lights and opens shades at intervals throughout the day.