Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.


North Apse North Apse Welcome to Cosanti in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The word “Cosanti” comes from two Italian terms: “Cosa” and “Anti,” which together mean, literally, “Before (or Against) Things.”  Here at the residence and sculpture studios of Paolo Soleri and his staff, architecture has come before everything else, and indeed, it is the architecture of this place that makes things possible here.  Choosing the idea that Cosanti means “Against Things” leads to an understanding of Soleri’s anti-materialist stance: the ideas generated here have helped to develop a lean and frugal methodology for approaching life on earth and the designs of cities that would support that attitude and that life.

Either way, Soleri, (later joined by his students) began work on the experimental buildings of Cosanti in the mid 1950’s. Designated as an Arizona Historic Site, Cosanti presents a unique bio-climatic architectural environment. Its structures feature many imaginative design elements, reflecting Soleri’s innovative construction techniques.

Visiting Hours

Cosanti is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, and closed only on major holidays. Visitors are welcome to walk-though the indoor and outdoor gallery areas only

Daily Guided Tours: Monday–Friday at 11 am only

One hour tour, $15 per guest,

Foundry Demonstration

Weekdays only around 10:30 am and 11:30 am,  $8 per guest,

Special Guided Tours

Customized guided group tours are by reservations only.
For information about guided tour of Cosanti, please contact:
Mary Hoadley: 480.206.8228
[at] arcosanti [dot] org