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Lobo Rainforest
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

  • project Innovative ABQ
  • landscape architect Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
  • photographer Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
  • Representation Schroeder Sales, USA

Lobo Rain­fo­rest is part of the Uni­ver­sity of New Mexico and is loca­ted at Inno­vate ABQ in the city center of Albu­quer­que, in one of the big­gest cities of New Mexico, USA. It is a six-story mixed-use buil­ding that inclu­des over 30,000 square feet of aca­de­mic, research, and office space, along with ABQ stu­dent hou­sing.

The Lobo Rain­fo­rest encou­ra­ges col­la­bo­ra­tion bet­ween stu­dents and faculty who will all be at the site. The buil­ding and sur­roun­dings were desig­ned for acti­vity, and lots of it. Each stu­dent apart­ment, loca­ted on floors two through six, inclu­des 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kit­chen, living space, a washer and dryer, and views of the city. Events are held for stu­dents who live here, but those that don’t live in this buil­ding are also invi­ted. The goal of these events is to get par­ti­ci­pa­tion and col­la­bo­ra­tion flo­wing.

In order to keep the cour­ty­ard open, Selux Lanova Catenary fix­tu­res were used to add illu­mi­na­tion wit­hout inter­fe­rence. By sus­pen­ding the catenary cables directly to the buil­ding, poles in the middle of the cour­ty­ard were kept to a mini­mum, allo­wing for traf­fic to flow freely throug­hout the space. This helps open up team­work and unity, soli­di­fying the goals of Lobo Rain­fo­rest.

  • With its illuminated diffuser, which shapes its immediate surroundings, the modern, technical design of the Lanova family stands out during the night time. Its cylindrical shape distinguishes these luminaires, which are available in pole-top, pendant or catenary versions. Optimised light technology makes for maximum visual comfort, and enables ultra-efficient lighting schemes that conform to international standards for a wide range of environments.

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