‘The PALMtower high-rise apartments will deliver contemporary living that is firmly rooted to its downtown Phoenix site.’

In collaboration with Will Bruder Architects, the PALMtower is designed to be a distinctive addition to Phoenix’s urban skyline. Rising from its site on the northwest corner of East Van Buren and North 5th Street, the twenty-eight story tower will appear to float above a sculptural silver clad parking podium that is grounded by majestic palm trees and lush desert landscaping at the adjacent city sidewalks.

The ground level of this complex includes an 18’ tall light filled ‘great room’ lobby with an organic flow of amenity program progressing north along North 5th Street to include business hoteling and social programming to promote strong connections to the streetscape. This 300 unit residential tower transforms the entry sequence into the Arizona Center to become a new heart of a transforming neighborhood with private gardens and a private dog park accessed from the tower’s elevator core.

The PALMtower’s architecture and finishes have been developed and selected based on material qualities of texture and distinctive character in response to the region and climate. The architectural finishes include polished concrete floors, architectural concrete masonry walls with horizontal rustic ‘weeping’ mortar joints, and satin silver metal/louvers protecting generously glazed façades.

The seven level Podium is wrapped in a perforated metallic scrim that catches light, shadow and color producing a unique sculptural gesture within the urban fabric. On the ground level, short-term visitor parking and bays for service and move-ins is provided. The six above ground levels of podium include parking stalls for 350 cars.

A landscaped amenity terrace of native planting tops the podium with plantings selected to evolve with the seasons. The amenity floor features shaded transparent facades minimizing the line between the interior and the outdoor amenity features. The outdoor area includes a large swimming pool, spa, outdoor gym area, open lawn, and outdoor kitchen adjacent to the residents club and party room. The terrace will offer 360-degree views to the city’s mountain horizons and urban skyline. The interior amenities include glazed workout and indoor-outdoor yoga spaces, a community living room/lounge, and a media room.

The residential tower rising above the podium includes 21 floors of rental units with 9’0” ceilings and will offer a variety of unit sizes and room combinations with balconies from which to enjoy the views and fresh air. This mix of studios, ‘convertibles’ as well as one, two and three bedroom suites will each have their own private skyline view.


North American Development Group


Phoenix, Arizona


28 Levels / 510,000 SF


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture