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Melrose Gateway

Phoenix, Arizona

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the Melrose District has solidified itself as a vibrant neighborhood known for its eclectic shops and businesses. In an effort to identify the entrance to the neighborhood, the City of Phoenix commissioned Gensler to engage the community by transcending a new identity for the district with a gateway monument that symbolizes its mid-century modern heritage. The intricate structure spans over five lanes of traffic and is clad with locally fabricated natural weathered and blackened steel in a unique pattern inspired by the region's native Palo Verde tree. Since its completion, the new gateway has helped unify the eclectic culture of the Melrose neighborhood, while creating a sense of place for locals and visitors alike.