“The Peaks” is a new retail center in Asheville at the prominent location of the intersection of Tunnel Road and South Tunnel Road for the IP UTP Asheville, LLC. The center began construction in the summer of 2018 and, when complete, will consist of four freestanding structures incorporating 12 retail and restaurant spaces and totaling nearly 34,000 square feet. This project incorporates planning for construction to be completed in phases and to ease transition in each structure for new tenants as they move into the center.
In a city with many retail centers, the challenge was how to create interest and provide a design that is both functional to each tenant while also incorporating the aesthetic elements sought after by the client. Natural materials along with open expanses of glass to create an inviting and comfortable space that is evocative of a contemporary mountain style. The use of a variety of finish materials and multiple building planes create visual interest and provide a more unique feel from the typical retail center design. The center is designed to incorporate open plaza space for gathering and dining along with storefronts on each side to engage pedestrians at street side.