FLYING STAR CAFE/ RIO GRANDE

The Flying Star Restaurant and Café on Rio Grande Blvd. in Albuquerque, New Mexico was designed as a contextual response to Albuquerque’s North Valley as well as an anchor to the adjoining shopping center.  The design began with a simple metal roof that gradually sloped to the north, providing shelter reminiscent of the agricultural metal barns along Rio Grande Blvd.  The structure for the roof was designed with steel I beams, exposed at the interior and cantilever beyond the exterior walls at the exterior to express the structure along the roof overhang.  This structural expression is similar to the traditional cantilever of wood vigas found in the New Mexico Pueblo Revival style.  The exterior walls are mostly glass to allow panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.  The interior is composed of natural steel, concrete and wood accented with bright colored walls and ceilings.   The north side of the restaurant opens to a semi-enclosed patio with a fireplace and covered trellis surrounded by large shade trees.  The design has rejuvenated a center that lies in the heart of one of Albuquerque’s oldest and most revered neighborhoods.

 

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