Best Luxury High-Rise Architecture Firm - USA & Luxury Residential Complex Design of the Year: Optima Kierland Center

Optima carefully considers, manages and controls the thousands of details that go into creating a distinctive quality home, and it is this that is what makes an Optima home something owners will value from the day they move in. It is a focus on creating powerful cost efficiencies that enables the firm to be more responsive to the marketplace and the discerning personal tastes of its homeowners.

To ensure peace of mind and quality of service and outcome, Optima handles all aspects of development, design, construction, sales/leasing, and property management in-house. The company is proud to call AIA and LEED-certified architects, expert construction managers, sophisticated rea I estate brokers, experienced accountants, and financial analysts part of the Optima family. They all contribute to delivering an unparalleleds pectrum of services and communities.

A recent project which has come to the attention of our judges is the firm's Kierland Center, designed by David Hovey, Jr., AIA. It will be the International Green Construction Code pilot project for the City of Phoenix. The project, when complete, will be an inspired oasis in the heart of North Scottsdale's vibrant urban core. Designed to accentuate the Arizona desert surroundings, these new condominiums and apartments offer a unique approach to luxury living. Owners can enjoy elegant, modern living spaces, magnificent mountain views, exclusive rich amenities for health and well-being, and a vast array of outdoor area activities in one of the premier destinations for active living.

As sustainability has become increasingly important in architecture, Optima has imbibed this into the Kierland Center, and as such the vibrant articulated façade of perforated panels, louvers, and vertical landscaping system provide both sun protection and privacy to residential units. Energy conservation and CO2 emission reduction are achieved with high performance glazing, overhangs, building configuration, plant material, and exterior shading louvers and perforated panels.

Additionally, an innovative vertical planting 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. The buildings consist of a post-tension concrete structure, energy efficient in-fill window wall, perforated panels, louvers, and vertical landscape system.

The architecture of the development is a 21st century urban solution to residential design that utilizes an articulated façade, innovative shading devices, sustainable systems and varied building materials to create exciting interior and exterior space.

Each residence is designed to take advantage of the outdoors with large terraces and open floor plans that provide interconnected indoor and outdoor space. The architectural detailing of the exterior enclosure has been carefully crafted to mitigate the harsh aspects of the desert climate with features that add a dynamic quality to the spaces, both inside and out.

Overall, this unique project will help drive Optima to even greater success as the firm looks ahead to an exciting future where it can build upon its current success.