Fifth and Mill

Location: Tempe Arizona

Completion: 12/08

Size: 28,039 sf

Fifth and Mill re-establishes a vital presence at the primary intersection of downtown Tempe, bringing mixed commercial and residential functions into a rapidly urbanizing area. The three-story, 28,039 sfproject is three distinct programmatic layers, each of which respond to immediate contextual conditions. At the ground level, the pedestrian experience is reinforced by small retail spaces that spill out onto the sidewalk, engaging activity on the street. The second level office becomes the iconic feature of the building: a skin of green glass which runs between existing brick piers, reflecting the canopy of ficus trees which identify Mill Avenue. The mass of the building steps back at the third floor to a more residential scale, creating shelter under three cantilevered roof planes that symbolically recall Anasazi cliff dwellings and the early modernism of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Project Facts

Client | Don Plato

Cost | $4M

Contractor | Builder's National, Inc.

Type | Design Build


2010 City of Tempe Beautification Award


John Kane | Lead Designer

Doug Brown | Project Manager

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