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A former lumber warehouse in New Mexico finds life as a food hall

Albuquerque’s Sawmill Market has taken over a sprawling timber warehouse that has been totally reimagined by Islyn Studio in the city’s former industrial heartland.

The 40,000 sq ft lumber warehouse’s rustic shell is now the framework for the restaurants, cocktail bars, taprooms and test kitchens that make up the food market. New York-based Islyn Studio tapped into the New Mexico building’s history, installing pegboards, steel beams, re-used rail tracks and burnished wood that recalls its past as a storage facility for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.

Albuquerque's Sawmill Market is a culinary hub with an industrial past
Photography: Read McKendree

To contrasting the rustic and industrial finishes, the studio has added colour and graphic patterns using tiled counters. It’s created a sense of homeliness with rattan pendants, saddle leather seating and flashes of greenery.

According to Islyn, Navajo trading posts inspired their use of space and wayfinding.

Guests can head inside the on-site ‘greenhouse,’ which houses a cocktail bar serving home-made tonics and shrubs or dine at Flora, and eye up its collection of Oaxacan antiques.

Sawmill Market is the first food hall of its kind in the state of New Mexico.

1909 Bellamah Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, United States

Albuquerque's Sawmill Market is a culinary hub with an industrial past
Photography: Read McKendree
Albuquerque's Sawmill Market is a culinary hub with an industrial past
Photography: Read McKendree

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