DFDG partnered with the City of Apache Junction to design a new civic identity that not only spoke to the natural desert setting – exceptional views of the Superstition Mountains – but also looked like a true City Hall destination. As a fast-growing community, future expansion and flexibility in the 40-acre master plan were the main focus.
By breaking down the program elements into smaller building forms, DFDG created a ‘village concept’ where one- and two-story buildings are grouped around courtyards and open civic spaces and linked by walking paths that meander through natural terrain. Native materials, vegetation, and adjacent, open desert inspired this design and truly made it a complex ‘of the land’, rather than simply ‘on the land’.
Based on the historical context of the site, the architectural design concept utilizes native materials in a contemporary format. The master plan identifies locations for future buildings or expansion of existing facilities as growth dictates.
Many sustainable features made it the first LEED-Certified City Hall in Arizona.