Safari Drive Condominiums
Safari Drive reinvents the suburban form. The barrier of distance between the exclusively
residential and commercial zones is compressed to a livable dimension. Potentially daunting
in the context of low-lying suburbia, the massing of five story buildings is modulated to a human
scale, graciously introducing a viable level of density in the midst of consumptive sprawl.
Within its own bounds, the project is a self-sustaining, vibrant mixed-use urban neighborhood.
Small commercial functions—live/work lofts and ground floor retail spaces—are mixed among
the residential units, contributing a shared energy to the public spaces.
Outdoor rooms, shaped and shaded by the enclosing buildings, are the organizing framework
for the project. The experience of walking from home to shopping and beyond is not only
protected from the intense desert elements, but enriched by a varied sequence of exterior
spaces. Circulation is organized within a traditional urban grid, culminating at the heart of the
site in a circular court shared by cars, pedestrians and outdoor dining. This deliberate blending of
disparate activities fosters spontaneity and a rich public life.
Design response to the desert climate relies on the judicious use of thermal mass, deep
overhangs, a high-performance thermal envelope, and naturally weathering, locally
manufactured materials. Native, drought-tolerant landscaping is provided throughout
the development. A “cool tower” passively cools a public courtyard with a simple, wind-driven
technology borrowed from middle-eastern desert vernacular, and provides prospect and visual
focus for the project.
Project Size: 165 condominium units and amenities totaling approximately 325,000 gross square-feet
of building area (Phase 1 and 2 combined) on a 4.81 acre site (34 units/acre). Completed
Phase 1: 5 buildings; 95 condominium units (ranging from 800 square-feet to 2300 square-feet each), 17,000 square-feet
of live work lofts and 10,000 square-feet of retail space.
Safari Drive has been certified by Scottsdale's Green Building Program for Multi-Family Dwellings.