Located on the border of the upcoming Bentonville Arts District; THRIVE is one of the first residential communities to be built in the vibrant and growing downtown Bentonville neighborhood.
The THRIVE building is more than just another downtown community. Designed with the intention to fit into the existing neighborhood of Bentonville and be consistent with the best of downtown Bentonville architecture. Inspiration was found in historic buildings around the square, as well as the recently built Bentonville Public Library and Community Development offices.
Going beyond blending in with the community and town vibe, each wall is different based on the immediate context. The north and front face of the building across from the Community Development building is stately, formal and balanced. The south side by the Farmers Exchange and Bentonville Ornamental Iron is more eclectic and colorful.
In addition to researching US industrial period factory and mercantile buildings, THRIVE architect Robert Sharp and team spent a significant amount of time walking around downtown, sketching, and taking pictures of historical buildings. These local nuances are called out in the building through the simple sash windows and use of red clay brick.
Historically, slightly different types of bricks would be used as buildings were added on to and combined over time. Using four different types of brick allowed us to make this building appear that it might have been built over a period of many years; we wanted to express the idea of layers of history.
The use of different paint colors and types of brick helps visually to break up the mass of the building and give it a more intimate human scale. These layers of detail suggest that the building might have always been there. Our hope is that this building will continue to age and develop patinas that get richer as time passes.
About the Architect
Robert Sharp loves the way that buildings set the stage for community life. Sharp first became enamored with architecture while working on his undergraduate degree in British history at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Upon returning to his hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas, he studied Architecture at the University of Arkansas.