Pueblo Grande Museum
Phoenix, Arizona

Located on a Hohokam Indian archaeological site and National Historic Landmark, Passage improves visibility of and pedestrian access to the museum from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Sky Train and 44th Street light rail station. The iconic sculptural portal is inspired by red-on-buff Hohokam pottery and a solid steel gate is plasma cut with a Hohokam-inspired design. A winding path leads visitors through a 40-foot diameter circular gathering space ringed by 85 native boulders, 94 saguaro cacti, and ironwood trees, which will function as a community space for public and tribal events, and on to the museum. Mesquite trees provide shade and pay homage to their cultural importance to indigenous life in the desert. To minimize the impact on archaeology, the entire area was set upon a 3’ mound, which was gracefully contoured to bring back a sense of the original rolling arroyos of the native landscape.