Case Study: Tumbleweed Recreation Center
For the 62,000-square-foot Tumbleweed Recreation Center, the city of Chandler, Arizona wanted a flexible design to meet the demands of multigenerational population in need of fitness and activity space. Located in the city's Tumbleweed Regional Park, the facility was designed by the award-winning Tempe-based firm, Architekton.
“We created a central exterior courtyard which much of the facility looked upon and circulated through," says Douglas Brown, founding principal of Architekton, adding that the stakeholders wanted "the lobby and perimeter circulation spaces to seamlessly expand into this courtyard." The hope was that this seamless transition from interior to exterior would help accommodate larger events at the facility, and provide opportunities to take advantage of the great weather.