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La Cascada II | Affordable

Phoenix, Arizona


Client: City of Phoenix
Acres: 1
Units: 36
Density: 36 Dwelling Units/Acre
Affordable Senior Housing
Status: Complete

Residents' input was essential in the development of La Cascada II, a low-income senior living community owned and managed by the City of Phoenix. At their request, a number of items were incorporated, such as a prototypical one-bedroom, 798 sq. ft. unit featuring a private patio, generous storage areas, full kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom with walk-in closet. Also in response to residents, an interior multiuse community room was located near the main entry.

Accessibility and circulation are addressed in all units (i.e., grab bars, a handheld accessible showerhead, adequate turning radius in kitchen and baths, 3’ doors throughout, and no threshold at entries). An elevator makes all floors accessible. Because of site constraints, the units are oriented primarily north and south. An angled front entry and large wall help to identify and shade the pedestrian approach. Secured parking is located away from street exposure at the south side of the building. Residents may also enter through the secured courtyard.

A distinct sense of community is achieved with large, connecting verandas. The generous courtyard area with benches and an organic stone waterfall, symbolic of the preciousness of water in a desert environment, completes the thoughtful landscaping in the private enclave. The concrete block and steel used in this building exemplify the commitment to long-term viability and permanence within the neighborhood. Integration of these materials with attentive employment of massing, color, solar orientation, fenestration, and use of shade envelop the notion of appropriate desert architecture.

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