The city of El Paso pursued Artspace Projects to develop a new mixed-use residential complex to complement the growing urban arts community. Working with ASA Architects HHL developed a unique and modern industrial design using simple corrugated and perforated metals, along with a golden colored quilt of stucco. Perforated metal screens on the main entry provide sun shading for the shared community room, and blue and green paint on the underside of the exit stairs glow like neon at night.
The building is comprised of four stories, with apartments on the upper floors, and brightly colored corridors with float fluorescent stick lighting. The second floor provides a multipurpose space with a view of downtown, while the ground floor includes gallery and workshop space, and storefront space with garage doors that open to the sidewalk. Parking is provided in the courtyard with regionally appropriate landscaping bordering the building. 51 one, two, and three-bedroom loft apartments are provided, with tall ceilings, concrete floors, and large windows. Artspace worked closely with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs on this project, won the 2017 Award of Merit in the Gold Nugget Awards, and achieved a LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency.