Article source: New Voodou
The architecture of the corporate offices for Mack Energy evokes the independent energy company’s engagement in oil and gas exploration, development and production in both form and materials. The boldly articulated curtainwall of the double height building entry recalls the skeletal form of drilling rigs whilecast relief on the concrete panels mimics the stratification of the earth. Throughout the building the abundant use of natural materials ties the structure to New Mexico’s diverse landscape environment — sun, desert, and mountains. Inside the atrium two of the soaring walls, clad in stone with a pattern that reveals the oil rich rock strata of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas, are also water walls that flow into a small interior pond though a channel imbedded in the floor. A tall, dramatic sculpture depicts a scene from an active well and echoes the articulation of the exterior frame.
- Architects: Van H. Gilbert Architect, PC
- Project: Mack Energy Corporation
- Location: Artesia, New Mexico
- Project Architect: Van H. Gilbert Architect PC
- Design-build contractor: Jaynes Corporation
- Size: 50,000 square feet, two-story with a basement