Denver 3D Future Skyline: July 2017

Keeping up with our semi-annual tradition, it is now time to visit the 3D Future Skyline. Following the Downtown Residential and Non-Residential updates, this map is updated to reflect the data from these posts. For more details about the 3D Future Skyline, head on over to our announcement post.

To better orient you around the map, here is a quick description of what each color represents:

The buildings have been color coded to match our DenverInfill Project Map, where yellow is residential, orange is office, red is hotel, and blue is civic/other. Also, some of the completed buildings are grey because Google has not yet updated their own models for them.

Let’s begin with a few perspectives looking at the future skyline of Central Denver.

And River North and Cherry Creek.

By looking at the progress of construction in the Google’s base 3D imagery, we can deduce that it was captured two years ago around July of 2015. This presents an opportunity to see how the urban landscape of central Denver has changed during that time, and is poised to continue changing, with a series of before and after images. Our Future 3D Skyline Models are turned off in the before images and turned on in the after images.

No place in the city has experienced as much change as the Union Station neighborhood. All of the projects pictured at Union Station have broken ground and have already transformed the area into the mother of all Transit Oriented Developments in Denver.

Heading over to Arapahoe Square and the Golden Triangle, we see can that many projects are making a major dent in the parking lot infestations of these two neighborhoods. Most of projects are residential and will bring in thousands of new residents. There are still large areas of surface parking remaining however, so there is still much more progress to be made.

Let’s end with a look at the change in the LoDo and Central Downtown areas from directly above.

As a bonus, here is a unique perspective of 1901 Arapahoe with the Daniels and Fisher Tower and the 16th Street Mall in the foreground. As you can see, this twin tower condominium project will have a major visual impact in downtown.

From these images, it is clear that Denver has undergone a lot of change since 2015 and lot more is on the horizon. Also clear is that there is still plenty of room for more infill. Due to the recent changes in state law, we could soon be experiencing a condo boom that takes advantage of these infill opportunities. Maybe by the time we visit it again next winter, Denver’s future skyline will be dramatically different!

By | 2017-08-01T20:16:30+00:00 July 1, 2017|Categories: Denver Neighborhoods, Downtown Districts, Economic Growth, Infill, Urban Form|10 Comments


  1. […] you can see all the area’s large-scale development plans in threeeee-deeeee. It’s rather striking. […]

  2. D.C. July 2, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks for putting this together. Any news about future development at the old rail maintenance yard across from the 10th and Osage light rail stop?

  3. Jim Nash July 3, 2017 at 11:52 am

    The history of Denver was imbededed in those old Victoians. Gaudy paint and neon lights. Read about Robert Greer’s fictional bail bondsman and bounty hunter, snd private investigator,, CJ Floyd, whose hangouts are in Five Points. A fun read. Robert Greer is is a medIcal researcher at Anschutz and a Western Slope and Wyoming cattle rancher..

  4. Kojones July 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Market Station Update? I was wondering if you have an update on Market Station. The last post from October 2016 says the company was on track to break ground by late Spring 2017.

    • Ken Schroeppel July 3, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Groundbreaking is scheduled for August, last I heard. We will do an update on the project when that happens. Stay tuned…

  5. Dave July 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Ken, a big thanks to you and your team for putting this together. I have been a big fan of DenverInfill for years and enjoyed meeting you on one of your Union Station tours. I use your website almost every day for my work. You have helped shaped Denver into one of the best city in the country.

  6. Jordan July 5, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Any idea of what is being built on the west (southwest?) corner of Champa and Park Avenue? It has been under construction for a few months, but no mention here yet.

  7. James J. July 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Nice! Love perspective views like these! Thanks Ken and thanks Ryan! Can you please iterate on this new state law you mention and how that will make a difference? I will always believe in the natural aspect of big city’s roles in competition with other cities within the league. Understanding that it’s my observation that big cities tend toward building taller given the conditions and opportunity to surpass their own settled image to remain in the ideal as ‘business aggressive’ such as LA, SF, Seattle have. Still think Denver has been in a state of bridling itself from that tendency. And the reason for that has been due to commercial insurance?

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