1401 Lawrence Final Update, Part 1

It is time to wrap up 1401 Lawrence, a 22-story, 290,000 square foot office tower, designed and built by The Beck Group and developed by First Gulf. Announced back in October 2013, this project came back to life after the great recession. You can read about the legacy of 1401 Lawrence back in our announcement post. We had a total of 17 updates, which tracked this project along every single milestone. Instead of listing out all the posts, like we normally do, we are going to utilize our new design. Click the link below to see a grid of all the posts we have done on 1401 Lawrence.

1401 Lawrence Post History

For Part 1 of our final update, we are going to be focusing on the exterior of the project. It’s worth noting that all of these photos were taken in the fall when leaves were on the trees, and the sun was just a little higher in the sky. The exterior has not changed since then with the exception of the Polsinelli logo lit up at night.

Let’s start out with the view from Speer Boulevard. 1401 Lawrence nicely complements the other buildings in the area with a large glass curtain wall and a minimal earth-toned facade.

At dusk and night, 1401 Lawrence has a nice glow.

One of the popular views of 1401 Lawrence is the view from Larimer Square. There were many fears about the project towering over the historic district. Instead, it creates a nice juxtaposition between modern and historic architecture.

Here are three more perspectives of the completed exterior from various angles around Downtown Denver. You can also see the different facade that is featured on the northeast portion of the project.

On the parking structure, an art installation is lit up at night adding a nice break in the garage screening. According to First Gulf, the perforated zinc panels are a snapshot of the Rocky Mountains. The back-lit panels enhance the pedestrian experience when walking alongside 1401 Lawrence.

Speaking of the pedestrian experience, what does that look like? The ground floor looks sharp featuring a brand new sidewalk with inviting retail and main entrances.

For Part 2 of our final update, we will be taking an inside look along with views from the very top!

By | 2017-10-15T18:19:32+00:00 December 6, 2016|Categories: Central Downtown, Infill, Office, Urban Form|Tags: |12 Comments


  1. DW December 6, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Anybody know why the north side facade isn’t all glass like the rest?

    • Freddie December 6, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Oh no, they forgot to do the glass on that part! :p

      • TS December 6, 2016 at 10:24 pm

        It may have been considered, that it is generally better (more sustainable) to reduce glazing size on a north facing facade, as glass does not have as high of an insulation value as solid wall construction, and there is near zero solar gain obtained through northerly glazing.

        • FM January 19, 2017 at 9:15 am

          Interesting fact: The metal panels that you see are actually a part of the exterior curtain wall system.

    • TH December 6, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      I think it makes the rest of the glass look like it is just floating above the base, which adds a bit of interest imo.

  2. Bruce December 7, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I do like the building, though it does tower over the historic district.

  3. Corey Scheffler December 7, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Beautiful building.

  4. Logan December 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    What I like best about this building is how well it’s going to compliment 1144 15th once it’s built. Take the same perspective from Larimer Square and add the glass facade of 1144 towering next to it…..

  5. Landon= December 12, 2016 at 12:49 am

    I know this might be beyond your capabilities, but is there anyway we could get a look at the interior office space?

    • Ryan Dravitz December 12, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Yes! We will be posting on that today!

  6. Landon= December 12, 2016 at 1:28 am

    sort of the elephant in the room here is the status of virtually the entire stretch of cherry creek. its run down, some might say dangerous, and definitely an eye sore. seems like some sort of long term funding solution would have to be found but what about the Better Denver Bond Program?

  7. Steve December 13, 2016 at 10:15 am

    The best part of the building is what it’s not: It’s NOT earth tone. Red brick? No. Brown masonry? No. Beige stucco? NO!

    Finally… a downtown Denver office building that actually looks sleek and modern. We’ll get another one with 1144.

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