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Map & Directions I-17 at Cordes Junction
Phoenix, AZ 85029
  • Daily 9am-5pm


Phoenix New Times' Description

You probably think of those clever little copper bells whenever you hear the name of this place, but Arcosanti is about much more than rusty musical souvenirs. This high-elevation experimental town began construction in 1970 in central Arizona (about 70 miles north of Phoenix) by architect Paolo Soleri, who used a concept he dubbed “arcology.” His plan—to prove that local urban conditions could be improved while minimizing the negative impact of city-dwelling on the earth—combines adaptive reuse and “green” ecology long before either was considered fashionable. The ongoing construction of this never-ending city is home to between 50 and 150 people, but visitors come from around the globe to visit the tilted concrete panels cast in a bed of desert silt on which this popular tourist attraction rests. They ogle the bronze-cast apse, built in the form of a semi-dome; the intricate and organic architecture; and the fun-and-educational five-story visitor’s center, café, and gift shop (where you can snag a bagful of those Arcosanti bells!). Also worth seeing: the community’s oddball home elevations, storefronts, and stunning outdoor amphitheater. Too tired to head back to town? A two-bedroom "Sky Suite" is available for overnight guests.

Member Reviews

  • deon7711
    deon7711 wrote a review for Arcosanti
    on 06/25/13

    Great place to see a massive art project!

  • davelog
    davelog wrote a review for Arcosanti
    on 11/04/11

    Whenever someone comes to visit in Phoenix for the first time, I take them to Arcosanti for a day trip. Even apart from admiring and exploring the construction of Soleri's vision, the various workshops and watching the bells being sand-cast are worth the cost of admission. Sure, the project will probably never be completed, but it's cool to watch what they're working on currently... More >>

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