As the first project built under the White Rock Center Master Plan/Economic Development, the White Rock Visitor Center serves as a gateway to the region. The design takes inspiration from the environment, with stone walls connecting the building to the bluff behind. The impact of indigenous cultures are reflected in the exposed wood shell that opens outward to create an inviting presence while reinterpreting the vernacular architecture of this mountain community. The management of light in the overall design was important to the building owner. The ceiling is uplighted, vertical light coves are located behind the reception desk and acrylic panels are recessed into the wall and backlit to provide a glowing backdrop for local pottery.

Image by Patrick Coulie
The White Rock Visitor Center, White Rock, N.M.

White Rock Visitor CenterWhite Rock, N.M.

Key Players

Contractor Gerald Martin, Albuquerque

Owner Los Alamos County, Los Alamos, N.M.

Lead Design Mullen Heller Architecture PC, Albuquerque

Structural Engineer Walla Engineering Ltd., Albuquerque

MEP Engineer Sonalysts Inc., Albuquerque

Civil Engineer Wilson and Co., Albuquerque

Landscape Architect Consensus Planning, Albuquerque

Lighting Consultant Illumination Strategies, Albuquerque