The design parti is an eclectic assemblage of ordering principles derived from the indigenous people of the Americas and infused with neighborhood aspirations as well as emerging bi-national/bi-cultural determinants.
Architecturally, important individual program elements have been articulated on a monumental scale. In particular, the Centro Cultural is a 35-foot cube supported by a single column, and clad on its exterior in a checkerboard pattern of gold granite reminiscent of the stone construction of the Incas, Aztecs and Anasazi. In turn, the composition draws reference to the tapestry of the Incas and Pueblo pottery. Its precision also recalls the exactness of ancient construction and the Mayan mathematical understanding of zero.