Architect Antoine Predock
A short description of a Planned Area Community
As V.B. Price, Albuquerque Journalist, said in a recent issue of SU CASA magazine, “La Luz is the most important cluster development in New Mexico and perhaps the most beautiful one anywhere in the country”. This original planned area development was designed by internationally famous architect, Antoine Predock. and has won many awards as has the architect. It is a special place offering privacy and the security of community and is self governed by that community.
La Luz is a unique community of ninety-six adobe homes situated east of North Coors Road within the western edges of the West Mesa along the Rio Grande River. It offers what Architect Predock envisioned as an initial spirit by creating buildings which respect the site, not change or control it. La Luz is a special place offering privacy and a sense of community.
The adobe buildings with their patterns of rhythm and repetition, create a landscape of their own, a landscape imagery attuned to the mesa, the expansive river valley, the bosque and mountains of New Mexico. La Luz responds to the natural setting on which it was built. At La Luz you are a part of a symbiotic relationship between the man-made part and the natural part of the land. It accommodates people’s desires for the views, for privacy and use of the open space. There are not many places left where such views exist. It has been protected for over forty years, and still enhances peoples’ lives today.
Several organizing principles of design and development govern the aesthetic of La Luz. One is the preservation of the spectacular view to the East. A second principle of design is to separate people from cars and to provide walking and bicycle paths between houses and open space. The third principle is to cluster homes around plazas, using common walls to eliminate side yards and to reduce individual landscape maintenance for each homeowner.
La Luz is an icon of everything that conservation-minded, bio-regionally sensitive and culturally concerned urbanists in New Mexico have hoped to achieve in residential architecture. The La Luz Landowners Association along with its landscape and architectural committees have made sure, through their award-winning stewardship, that La Luz remains in virtually pristine condition on the outside. Interior renovations have been undertaken almost continually, often with the resale of homes. La Luz has been included on the National Register of Historic Places and continues to be a dynamic place for aesthetic living in New Mexico. (VB Price)
Laz Luz, a Townhome community designed by Antoine Predock.
La Luz (Spanish for “The Light”) is an exclusive community of townhomes established along the Bosque (Cottonwood Forrest) of the Rio Grande river near the center of the city of Albuquerque. The complex is spread out over 80 Acres and provides 2 Tennis Courts a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, manicured grounds and access to the trails found along the Rio Grande Bosque.
World renowned architect Antoine Predock designed this complex to be in harmony with the elements around it. The adobe construction, flowing architecture and terraced affect all provide a very attractive community with amazing views and timeless floor plans. It has been said the La Luz del Oeste complex is keen to a giant sculpture rising from earths landscape.
The La Luz subdivision consist of 96 Adobe homes most being built between 1968 and 1972. Although the floor plans vary the general interior theme was stunning red brick floors and aesthetic Douglas Fir planked ceilings. Each La Luz Townhouse is designed with privacy, spectacular mountain and city light views in mind. Through the past 46 years most have gone through some type of modern updating particularly with kitchens and baths but the contemporary and world class feel remains true. The average size of La Luz home for sale is approx 1930 sq.ft with the largest home being just under 2400’ and smallest approximately 1400’
La Luz truly is a community and the people that are fortunate enough to reside here pride themselves for being part of the culture and harmony found only at La Luz del Oeste.
“La Luz is included on the New Mexico register of Cultural Properties, the official state list of historic properties worthy of preservation. As such, homeowners at La Luz are required to follow strict architectural guidelines when updating or making modifications to the exteriors of their units. The Architectural Standard and Procedures can be found on the La Luz website, www.laluzliving.org. Because La Luz is a Cultural Property, homeowners are eligible to apply for state income tax credits for certain kinds of updates or modifications, both interior and exterior. Information and application forms can be found at nmhistoricpreservation.org.