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Fifth and Mill

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    • 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 project is envisioned as 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. An expressed spatial connection is created between the three levels by a central masonry spine, which houses building services and vertical circulation.

    • Studio Team
      Peter Goldammer
      John Kane
      Jens Kolb
      Greg McDowell
      Tom Reilly
      Eric Vollmer
      Glen Wollenhaupt

    • Project Team
      Owner: Don Plato and Mei Lee
      Structural: AED Structural
      Mechanical/Plumbing/Electrical: Applied Engineering
      Landscape: Moore/Swick Partnership
      Civil: Norman Engineering
      Lighting: RC Lurie/Darryl Gregg
      Design/Build: Builders National Inc.
      Photographer: Architekton
    • Award                                                                                                           2010 City of Tempe Beautification Award

  • community
  • commercial
  • residential
  • mixed-use
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