Transparency and weightlessness characterize this 6-story office building. At grade sits 2 tenant spaces with parking toward the back while floating above 2 floors of structured parking are 3 more floors of office shell. With roughly 94,300 sf of rentable office space, the building is characterized by its raw materiality. Exposed concrete columns and post-tensioned slabs are left exposed on the interior allowing for floor to floor glass and expansive views. As part of the Tempe Town Lake District, characterized by silver and blue tones and an abundance of glass, 999 Playa nestles in as one of its last urban infill projects.
Burdened by a restrictive site, the building relies on extreme efficiency in form to maximize its rentable square footage. Born from passive thermal techniques, a duality exists between the transparent north and the more solid south which is emphasized through the juxtaposition of the visually weightless glass and dark navy tone of the solid mass behind. Horizontal datums are used to provide a tiered effect, a series of floating planes hover just above Tempe Town Lake.