The architects Foster & Partners, London, Behnisch Architects, Los Angeles, CA, and Will Bruder Architects, Ltd., Phoenix, AZ won the competition for the design of the Arts and Business District Gateway project in Tempe, AZ. The competition was for an innovative mixed-use development with academic, retail, student housing, hotel and public spaces on a 13 acres site. The brief issued by Arizona University puts the emphasis on a strong connection between public life and the university campus. The University also desired that the academic buildings satisfy high LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements.
Arizona State University is one of the premier public research universities in the USA, an important global center for innovation interdisciplinary teaching and research.The Design Team proposed an approx. 200.000 m2 building complex with a maximum of six stories, which is interrupted by a grid of “canyons”. At its heart lies a large scale outdoor public environment, sheltered from the excesses of the desert climate by both the surrounding buildings and the definitive ‘cloud-like’ structure which lends the new building complex a distinct appearance.
The project was not realized due to financing problems.
Tempe, AZ, USA
Arizona State University
Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart with Foster + Partner and Will Bruder Architects
Design Proposal 2006