As our third Mirabella design for Pacific Retirement Services, Mirabella ASU became a rare opportunity for us to build upon the strength of our partnership and use post-occupancy insights from the existing communities to refine our design and programming placement to the finest detail. From soundproofing techniques to the ergonomics of unit kitchens, innovative and elegant solutions combine to set a new high bar for the senior living industry.
Inspired by the rock formations around Tempe, stone and earthy metal finishes are sculptural recollections the color and texture of the surrounding desert landscape.
Throughout the tower, we subtly and elegantly tell the story of Arizona State University, imbuing its legacy into the amenity spaces. Lighting elements and flooring patterns recall the sun graphic of the iconic ASU logo. For seniors who have a passion for learning, the library is the place of discover the names of fellow alumni who became authors. The game room will feature those who made their mark on one of the university’s athletic teams. Residents and their guests can walk through the communal spaces of the tower and along the way, connect with the innovations, historical moments, and memories that make Arizona State University like no other school in the country.
When creating the unit design, we applied insights from the existing Mirabella communities to pinpoint the features that matter most to residents and perform best over time. We used high-quality materials like quartz and porcelain in the design for Tempe, because they’re loved aesthetically by PRS residents, require the least maintenance, and simply last longer. The same insights drove our selection of top-quality carpet and hardwood floors, personalized lighting controls, soundproofing features, and alcoves in the apartment units with personalized built-in storage and display areas.
Sustainable features integrate seamlessly with the interior design, including energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, and insulated windows. Big windows in the living, dining, and bedrooms provide expansive views and daylight. Circadian lighting on the memory care, skilled nursing, assisted living floors will provide lighting that follows the natural sleep/wake cycles of each resident.
In addition to the apartments, the building includes four hospitality-style dining venues, two kitchens, a fitness area, a pool, an auditorium, an expansive library, crafting and gaming areas, and a physical therapy space. To create genuine connections between Mirabella residents and current ASU students, shared amenities are centered around common interests, like a student art gallery, woodshop, a beauty salon, and a bistro.