Friday, June 8, 2007

Tempe's Pyramid City Hall

One of the fun things about this valley is the wide variety of unusual buildings. A couple of months ago we attended an arts and music festival in Tempe (say: tem PEE). We were intrigued by the unusual building close by. Extensive research (thanks, Google) reveals that this upside-down pyramid is the Tempe City Hall. Located at 31 E. 5th Street, it was built between 1969 and 1971, creating quite a stir.

Tempe architects Michael and Kemper Goodwin designed this award-winning building, which was built at a cost of $52.5 million dollars. The 3-storey concrete construction you see to the right in the picture provides emergency fire exits. Its outer walls slope inward from to top to bottom at 45 degrees, which is supposed to help with energy conservation. The idea is that each floor provides shade for the floor below it, an important consideration in this Valley of the Sun.

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