Updside Down Building: City Hall, Tempe AZ

31 East 5th Street

Tempe, AZ

Completed in 1970

Architect: Michael & Kemper Goodwin


From the Tempe Historical Museum:


This award-winning and unusual building was completed in 1970. It serves as municipal offices for the City of Tempe. It first opened for business in 1971. Its unique shape was designed to conserve energy by allowing less light into the building. It was designed by Michael and Kemper Goodwin, Tempe architects. In 1971, it received an award of excellence from the American Institute of Steel Construction, and in 1972 received an award of merit from the Western Mountain Region of the American Institute of Architects.


The building a good example of a unique style of architecture built in 1970. The "upside down pyramid" as it is commonly referred to is unique in structure and not common.





  • naromeel 6y

    Cool architecture.
  • Feather Saturnfly 6y

    Tag Matched : mid-century modern (architecture)
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  • 1c309781277ca567651ff8315fc05263 4y

    we got very similar building in Slovakia.
    Slovak Radio by Miroslav Petrasko (hdrshooter.com)

    the building belongs to Slovak Radio and it is in capitol city, Bratislava
  • Art Simpson 2y

    I'm in a free Coursera class, "Still Structures: Statics of Objects" so I'd like a picture of this building to upload for a list of 10 interesting structures. May I use your photo, or where may I find another that's OK to share?
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