Developer Novawest has commissioned Bjarke Ingels Group to design a 420-foot observation tower, in an attempt to created an architectural symbol for the city of Phoenix. The tower is designed to resemble a pin marking a location on a map.
"This is the right place and the right time for a signature project for downtown Phoenix and we knew the design needed to be something extraordinary,” Brian Stowell of Novawest commented in the project’s press release. “BIG has delivered something exceptional, blending form and function in a way that will change the local skyline forever and will give visitors a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
The spiraling structure at the top of the tower contains exhibition, retail and recreational spaces which are accessed via three glass elevators.
“Walking downwards from the top through a continuous spiral promenade, the visitors of the observation tower experience all of the building’s programs in a constant motion, while enjoying dynamic 360 degree views of the city of Phoenix and the Arizonian landscape,” according to the project description.
The tower would be the city’s second tallest structure, surpassed by the 483-foot Chase Tower.
Find a list of Phoenix’s tallest buildings here.