Cottonwood Home

Located in Tinnin Farms in Albuquerque’s North Valley, the Cottonwood Home utilizes elemental materials that relate to the natural context of the Rio Grande river and cottonwood bosque. The design consistently blurs the lines between outside and inside environments both visually and physically. The living space opens to summer and winter patios, allowing the family to take advantage of New Mexico’s fabulous climate year-round. An outdoor kitchen and pool, framed by existing cottonwood trees, create a stunning and private outdoor entertaining area. The kitchen and great room are designed for entertaining as well as intimate family gatherings. The home is full of many little surprises such as a cozy library tucked in behind the living room fireplace which offers a quiet respite with a book by the crackling fire. The master suite is at the far end of the house with private access to the pool and spa. Taking advantage of space that would have otherwise been lost, a series of catwalks and lofts are playfully integrated, visually connecting the first and second floors. Client lifestyle is further accommodated by a bright, daylit studio which accommodates a variety of their hobbies and artistic distractions.

Project Data

Location: Albuquerque, NM
SF: House 6,195, Cabana 385, Garage 1383
Date Completed:  2013

Sustainability Features

  • LEED Homes Gold certified

  • 7 kW Solar Photovoltaic system

  • Net Zero Electric performance

  • Rainwater catchment as the primary irrigation source

  • Nontoxic and recycled materials