This update might be a little past due, but this project is just too good to not feature for a final update. For years, a surface parking lot fronted Broadway between 12th and 13th Avenue with a blank wall behind it. This thin parcel had proposals in the past but nothing stuck until spring of 2013 when Corporex Colorado and Mile High Development decided to build an office and hotel building. Named the Museum Center + Art Hotel, a sleek infill project was born and kicked off in the fall of 2013.
We had multiple posts on this project, check them out below:
New Golden Triangle Project: Museum Center + The Art Hotel
Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #1
Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #2
More Tower Cranes Going Up Around Downtown Denver!
Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #3
Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #4
Golden Triangle: Museum Center + The Art Hotel Update #5
The Museum Center + Art Hotel is 9-stories tall featuring 50,000 square feet of office space and a 165-room boutique hotel. It’s not very often we get a thin building here in Downtown Denver, given we have a lot of land and surface parking. The Museum Center + Art Hotel breaks that mold as you can see below. Looking at the project from 13th Avenue and Broadway, you can see the thin profile and unique shape of the building start to unfold.
Looking at the project from a little bit of a higher prospective, we can see all of the facade materials in play. The office portion has a very reflective glass curtain wall. The hotel contrasts the glass with mostly brick and stucco finishes. There is also an outdoor bar / restaurant on the forth floor; where the red umbrellas are in the second photo.
Looking from 12th Avenue and Broadway, we can start to see that this project is very asymmetrical, featuring different shapes and elements on each side. The glass curtain wall juts out and forms a point at the intersection while the hotel facade is mixed with glass and brick from the ground level.
Here are two more photos showing the back side of the project, from 13th Avenue. The structure between the Art Museum Condos and the Museum Center + Art Hotel is a parking garage that is used for visitors and residents.
I will wrap up this final update with one last picture, looking directly at this project, from 13th Avenue and Broadway.
Thin buildings add a great element to the street level, as they are not nearly as imposing as a wider, longer building. These kinds of projects also take up those hard-to-develop small surface lots. Overall, I am very happy with the outcome and hope to see something similar on smaller surface lots around Downtown Denver.