FINALIST   |   Best Low-Rise Apartment Community (5 Stories or Less)

Best Low-Rise Apartment Community

Nominated By:      Crescent Communities 
Location:    Tempe, Ariz.

Project Statement:

Located in rapidly growing Tempe, Ariz., NOVEL Rio is an amenity-rich five-story community featuring midcentury modern design and includes studios, one- and two-bedroom residences. The architecture offers attention to detail and authentic midcentury design, which carries through to the amenities, gathering spaces and individual residences. The location of the community is just as attractive as the design aesthetic. Located along Rio Salado Parkway, NOVEL Rio is adjacent to Tempe Town Lake and minutes from Papago Park, which offers miles of hiking and outdoor adventures. The community is within biking distance of Arizona State University and in walking distance of exceptional retail, dining and entertainment destinations, as well as several major employment hubs. The location and landscape of Tempe influenced the developer’s vision for the community. NOVEL Rio embraces the beloved mid-century design of the greater community, offers urban lifestyle balanced by easy access to nature, and redefines community through planned gathering spaces that foster social connections.  

The mid-century modern exterior design was executed through the incorporation of clean lines and simple forms paired with natural materials and minimal ornamentation. The same clean lines and natural elements carry through to the interior, which includes a sunken living space that introduces funky accessories to an otherwise modern space. Visible throughout the common spaces, murals by artist Osiris Rain showcase the fun-funky community vibe while introducing pops of color and marrying structured and freeform shapes. Amenities and programming demonstrate the evolution of Tempe from a college town to a city of professionals who value an urban lifestyle balanced with nature. The gear lounge provides residents with easy access to outdoor materials including kayaks, camping gear, backpacks, sleeping bags, and the like. The community offers flex workspaces throughout. Select apartments are defined as "Live-Work" and feature ground-level patio space with direct access to an in-unit office area.

Developer:                           Crescent Communities

Architect:                           Davis Partnership Architects

General Contractor:     Hardison/Downey

Interior Designer:           Davis Partnership Architects

Photographer:                  Solo Photographers

Project Website:              NOVEL Rio