- Farmer Studios is an economical "flex" building located in a transitional zone between Downtown Tempe and the Sunset/Riverside residential neighborhood to the west. Positioned to set a precedent by creating a pedestrian environment along both Fifth Street and Farmer Avenue, the 13,000 sf building was designed, zoned and constructed to allow for any combination of retail, office and/or residential studios. The building's volume, entry options and strategic mechanical, plumbing and electrical distribution easily allow for a variety of uses over time. Secure parking is reinterpreted as a garden parking court that utilizes a "gravel pave" system that reduces the heat island effect, helps reduce retention requirements and provides superior aeration for the Palo Verde bosque. Rainwater retention is reinterpreted as a sunken courtyard, which provides an outdoor break area for the building's occupants and visitors. Upper-level glazing is protected from the direct sun with a custom shade device. The shade device is counter-balanced internally allowing for the insulated translucent panels to be slid vertically on the exterior of the building. Lower-level glazing is shaded with a fixed 7' cantilevered translucent panel. Farmer Studios is a prototypical example of a flexible, sustainable building type that can be adjusted in size and aesthetics to fit a myriad of infill contexts.
Owner: DJGJ LLC
Mechanical/Plumbing: Applied Engineering
Electrical: Systems Design Engineering, Inc.
Lighting: RC Lurie/Darryl Gregg
Landscape: Dave Kenyan/Philip Ryan
Civil: Southgate Associates/JM Griffin Engineering
Envelope: Arcadia/Ken Martinek
Design/Build: Architekton + Cochise Contractors
2007 AZRE + AIA Arizona Chapter Arizona's 150 Greatest Architectural Achievements
2005 City of Tempe Don Hull Beautification Award
2004 AIA Western Mountain Region Merit Award
2004 President's Award Valley Forward Environmental Design
2004 Arizona Masonry Guild Citation Award
2004 AIA Arizona Merit Award
2004 Southwest Contractor, Best Private Project Under $5 Million
Publications January 2011, GB&D, "Adapt + Evolve"
November/December 2004, Sources + Design, "AIA Arizona Design Winners-Farmer Studios + City of Tucson Patrick K. Hardesty Midtown Multi-Service Center"