Architectural Design of New Project Is Beacon of Innovation and Culture in Roosevelt Arts District

Architectural trailblazer, Lev Libeskind is redefining retail and residential spaces with his project, Manzana, which will elevate Phoenix’s Roosevelt Arts District. This project epitomizes architectural brilliance in an area celebrated for its cultural vibrancy. Spanning nearly 105,000 square-feet and rising 83 feet with eight stories, Manzana is a striking composition of 68 residential units, 38 parking stalls, and a versatile mix of retail, and multifamily spaces. This project is set to break ground in early 2025.

The Manzana campus will be a dynamic fusion of art, culture, and community, reflecting the diverse spirit of Phoenix. This project will become a beacon of the city’s progressive future, while respectfully nodding to its rich historical tapestry. Manzana’s design perfectly marries historical charm with modern sophistication, echoing the cultural depth of its locale.

“With each project we take on, we aim to create a meaningful space that enhances the community around it,” said Libeskind. “Honoring the urban context is crucial to making a building everyone enjoys and recognizes as a respectful contribution to the neighborhood.”

The overall architectural style draws inspiration from Phoenix’s mid-century history, blending historical charm with modern aesthetics. Mexican wood elements in the design honor local cultural landmarks like the Xico-Latino & Indigenous Arts Organization, celebrating the rich Latino and Indigenous artistic presence in the neighborhood. The brick facade will pay tribute to the adjacent historic Knights of Pythias Building built in 1928.

Manzana will be more than just another building; it’s a story of rustic elegance woven into the rich artistic and cultural fabric of the Roosevelt Art District. At ground level, Manzana unveils over 10,000 square-feet of retail space, inviting dynamic interaction with the community through a breezeway that bridges 1st Ave. and a vibrant alleyway. This thoughtful design not only boosts the retail and restaurant experiences but also enriches the urban texture.

“People want to live in a place that is notable for its beauty and the community around it,” said Libeskind. “Manzana allows people to have both, contributing to the local culture of the Arts District for years to come.”

As a key player in the revitalization of downtown Phoenix, Libeskind and his team aim to make Manzana a landmark of urban renewal. It will seamlessly integrate the allure of the past with the innovation of the present, setting a new standard for architectural and cultural excellence in the city.

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