Suite 800 at the Banque Lofts

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Constructed in 1922, the First National Bank building in downtown Albuquerque was designed by Henry Charles Trost and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. Now called The Banque Lofts, the building houses residential and commercial tenants with the top floor offering 8,000 square feet of raw space that aligned with the vision for an office as home to the new generation of SMPC Architects.

The interior design respects the original language of the building where new materials and systems have been introduced to provide transparency to the structure and existing form. The open plan design studio is defined by perimeter walls punctuated by a band of traditional windows offering every workstation access to the shifting daylight and seasonal expression of the urban landscape from 95 feet above 3rd and Central Avenue.

Photography credit: Kirk Gittings Architectural Photography

  • Project Highlights
  • Urban Context
  • 360Âș Views
  • Daylighting Throughout
  • Open Office Design
  • Robust IT Infrastructure
  • Upgraded HVAC Systems 


  • 2020 AIA New Mexico Elevate Award – Citation – Interior Architecture