Optima Sonoran Village Phase I is the first of a five building, interconnected mixed-use residential community located in Scottsdale, Arizona on Camelback Road at the gateway to Oldtown Scottsdale. Sited on 10 acres and comprised of three 7-story buildings, one 3-story building, and one 11-story building, Optima Sonoran Village has a total of 781 residential units, 15,000 square feet of commercial/retail space, and 25,000 square feet of recreational amenity space.
David C. Hovey designed Optima Sonoran Village as a 21st century urban solution to residential design that utilizes innovative shading devices, vibrant colors, sustainable systems, varied building materials, and a highly articulated façade to create exciting interior and exterior spaces. The project provides a lively public and pedestrian friendly environment in the harsh desert climate of the Sonoran Desert. Each residence is designed to take advantage of the outdoors with large terraces and open floor plans that provide dynamic yet functional indoor and outdoor space. An innovative planter box system with self-containing irrigation and drainage enables a palette of vibrantly colored plants at the edge of each floor to grow both up and over the edge of the building providing an ever evolving façade and privacy for tenants. The project has 100% underground parking and 6 acres of landscaped open space to mitigate heat island effect. The development is the pilot project for the City of Scottsdale’s newly adopted International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which replaces LEED. Major building elements consist of 95% local and recycled content materials.