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Red-rock mountains and the saguaro cactus inspired the Health Sciences Education Building’s rippling copper facade.
Downtown Phoenix, observed CO Architectsâ€™ Arnold Swanborn, looks a lot like downtown Minneapolis. That feels wrong, given the two citiesâ€™ contrasting environments. So when it came to designing the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) at Phoenix Biomedical Campus (which won honorable mention for facades in ANâ€™s Best of Design Awards), CO Architects went back to natureâ€”to the Sonoran Desert in particular. â€œWeâ€™re building in a desert. We really, in the outset, wanted to understand what itâ€™s like to build in a desert environment, to really go back and investigate the people who first moved there, or even some of the [American] Indians who lived [there],â€ said Swanborn. â€œThe skin is really a response to some of the lessons we learned from going out to the desert, being out there and seeing how plants and animals adapted to that environment.â€ Read More