Monarch West is Randy Brown Architects’ latest exploration into improving strip mall development. Regarding strip malls as inevitable, Brown has developed a series of them with the intention of making this reality inspiring. Previous projects include 120 Blondo, Village Pointe East, and Monarch Place.
Architect: Randy Brown Architects
Location: 72nd Street and Hwy 370, Papillion, Nebraska, USA
Project: Team: Randy Brown, Jonny Kaufman, Brian Kelly, Andrea Kelly, Brandon Schumacher
Civil Engineer: E&A Consulting Group
Electrical Engineer: Alvine & Associates
Mechanical Engineer: CEI
Contractor: Darland Construction
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Farshid Assassi
The design of Monarch West relied on the same concept and goals that made Monarch Place a success. With the concept of a billboard, the building’s structural steel pieces, skin and lighting organize tenant signage and catch people’s attention as they drive by.
The design features of the project including Z-shaped steel benches, native grasses and pea gravel create a more desirable public outdoor space than is usually associated with strip malls.