MESA DEL SOL DESIGN BOOK
NEIGHBORHOOD DESIGN, ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN & ARCHITECTURAL STYLE
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

Project Data:

Client
Forest City Covington

Overall Project Size
14,000 Acres of Mixed-Use and
Mixed-Density Development

Project Scope
Design Guidelines and Standards
for Residential Development

Design Book Completion Date
July 2007


Project Description:

The purpose of the Design Book is to guide the design of the residential neighborhoods that will be constructed at Mesa del Sol. The Book sets out detailed information in regard to neighborhood design relationships such as building placement, height, and amenities for 13 different lot types ranging in size from a single family cottage to more complicated mixed-use and multi-family buildings.

Design principles standards and guidelines are presented for architecture and landscaping as well as six specific architectural styles appropriate for Albuquerque. Wolff Lyon Architects wrote and illustrated the Design Book in collaboration with Dekker/Perich/Sabatini of Albuquerque.

Two different design approaches are employed with lot types organized around a traditional street presentation as well as those that are grouped into unified compositions. Single family detached and attached building types with a traditional street presentation have a strong relationship to the street. Buildings with a unified composition are of a single style and are grouped together to form identifiable mini-neighborhoods. The buildings work together to share a central common area, each with a distinctive character.