You may recall the good news from this past February that Denver’s Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is planning to move into a new building at 12th and Bannock in the Golden Triangle Museum District, plus physically relocate Vance Kirkland’s original 1911 studio building from its current site at 1311 Pearl Street to the new site and incorporate it into the project. At that time, only a quick concept sketch of the new building was available from Olson Kundig Architects.
For this update, we’re happy to report that the architects have been busy working on the design and there’s now this new rendering to share, courtesy of Olson Kundig and the Kirkland:
Groundbreaking is scheduled for 2015 with the Kirkland’s new open set to open in 2017.
It’s hard to believe that we have not posted an update on EnV yet, minus featuring it in the Spring 2014: Downtown Denver Hole-in-the-Ground Census. However, I have a special post to kick off EnV’s first update.
Recently, I have expanded my horizons with photography and decided to take to the skies. Shawn Murry of CloudBase Aerial Imaging was our go-to for aerial perspectives and he has provided us some fantastic photos in the past. We will continue partnering with Shawn and look forward to many more great photos. Not to mention, Shawn has much bigger cameras in the air! Having two eyes in the sky allows us to provide aerial photos more frequently, which is never a bad thing!
Now onto EnV. Since the spring, the building has gone up eight stories and is really starting to have a presence in the Golden Triangle neighborhood. EnV will rise a total of 18-stories, meaning what you see today is just under half the total height. The structure will be concrete with a glass facade. Here are four perspectives of EnV from the air.
As I have been out practicing and flying around for fun, it is truly amazing what you can capture from a higher prospective. Here are two bonus photos from some recent flights.
EnV still has a long journey ahead but we will be keeping a closer eye on it as it is now rising at a quick pace.
Ten months ago, we announced a new project going up on the corner of 8th Avenue and Broadway, taking up a large L-shaped parking lot and single-story 7-11. Since then, the project has broken ground, and the parking lot is completely gone with a hole in the ground.
The seven-story building has started to break street level, and a tower crane is now on site. Because of the building height, we should expect this to be a concrete structure. Here are some pictures of the site, right before the rain came! The picture on the left is from 8th Avenue and Lincoln, the right from Broadway between 8th and 9th Avenue.
The 8th and Broadway project will contain 200 rental units with 240 parking spaces, and 4,420 square feet of ground floor retail. What a huge improvement to this intersection!
Recently, there have been many great things going on over at the Museum Center + Art Hotel project. The 9-story building has recently topped out and we are beginning to see the first exciting element on the facade: the glass curtain wall on the office portion is starting to go in!
One thing I noticed about this project is that it’s much thinner than I originally imagined. This building sits on a very small footprint and makes great use of it with very creative architecture.
This 9-story building has a huge impact along Broadway, especially with the History Colorado Center right across the street. With this new building, Broadway, between 12th and 14th Avenue, has dramatically urbanized in the recent years and features the some of the most unique buildings in the city.
The Museum Center + Art Hotel is an all around fantastic project for the Golden Triangle. Not only is the design outstanding, but it fills one of the ugliest parking lots in the neighborhood!
A new 18-story apartment tower is proposed for Downtown Denver’s Golden Triangle district.
Coming soon to a particularly nasty patch of parking lot asphalt will be Eviva Cherokee, a joint development between Denver-based Charter Realty Group and Atlanta-based Integral Group. The project’s location on the east side of Cherokee between W. 12th and 13th Avenues places the sleek glass tower within a very short walk of the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, and on the same block as the proposed Kirkland Museum. Eviva Cherokee is a big step forward in the continued repair of the Golden Triangle’s urban fabric and transformation into a dense mixed-use neighborhood. Here’s the site outlined on a Google Earth aerial:
Eviva Cherokee will feature 274 rental units plus several amenities such as a fitness center and a sun deck with swimming pool. Here’s a rendering of the project’s Cherokee Street side, courtesy of Doug from The Beck Group, the project architect, and Eleni from Edelmen, the project’s PR firm:
Groundbreaking for the project is planned for later this year.
It is already time to wrap up the Denver Art Museum Office project! We announced this project last May and less than a year later the 50,000 square foot office building is already complete! We, here at DenverInfill, only had one update on the project but, as always in the final update, you can track the progress of this project below.
New Golden Triangle Project: Denver Art Museum Offices
Golden Triangle: Denver Art Museum Offices Update #1
This new building is right next to the new Clyfford Still Museum along Bannock Street. Just like its neighbor, it has a very minimalist, horizontal design with some hints of multiple colors in the glass, which we will get to later.
Here are two additional views of the building from both the alley and looking south down Bannock Street. Another interesting feature of this building is that every side has a different design; there is a lack of uniformity that compliments the overall design.
Now for a close look at the glass. At first glance and from a distance, it’s hard to see the multiple colors. However, when you are walking beside the building you will notice there are blue and purple glass panels scattered throughout the facade. Neat!
Even though we didn’t cover this project through all of its construction phases, we are very happy to see it complete! The old office building, where the Denver Art Museum had their offices before, at 414 14th Street is now empty and is going under a huge renovation. We will have more on that in the near future!
In the last five months, since our previous update, the Museum Center & Art Hotel project has really started to take off. Situated right along Broadway, it has been very exciting seeing this project go vertical, taking out what used to be one of the worst parking lots in the Golden Triangle.
These first two pictures do not show much of the project but I posted them for a reason. Remember that not-aesthetically-pleasing blank wall of the Denver Art Museum parking garage that faced Broadway? I was standing on top of that blank wall while taking these pictures; it’s almost completely covered up!
Now for some street-level photos. The four-story, 50,000 square foot Museum Center office portion of this project has started to top out across the site. Since this is a steel build, we will see this structure go up very quickly. The Art Hotel will rise from floors five through nine and will have slightly smaller floor-to-ceiling heights than what you see now.
Here is one more view of the project from the parking garage attached to the History Colorado Center. I bumped up the resolution on this picture so you can see more detail. Make sure you click to embiggen!
The Museum Center & Art Hotel project is, in every single way, a great project to occupy this once empty lot. Even the four-story portion of this project has a huge impact along this stretch of Broadway, and I encourage you to check it out the next time you are in the area. You will be impressed, I guarantee it.
It has been 7 months since our last ‘hole-in-the-ground’ census and as new projects have started to take off in the past couple of months, there are fresh new holes scattered around the Downtown Denver area. This census will exclude Cherry Creek and will focus on Downtown Denver and its surrounding neighborhoods. In this census, I will give a brief description of each project along with a link to access all of the previous posts associated with that project. Let’s begin!
1 – EnV
Golden Triangle | 16-stories | 224-units | Apartments
2 – 8th and Broadway
Golden Triangle | 7-stories | 200-units | Apartments
3 – Hyatt House / Hyatt Place
Central Downtown | 21-stories | 361-rooms | Hotel
4 – Triangle Building
Union Station | 10-stories | 220,000 sq ft | Office
5 – 1601 Wewatta
Union Station | 10-stories | 300,000 sq ft | Office
6 – Galvanize 2.0
Lower Highland | 4-stories | 76,000 sq ft | Office
That’s a lot of infill going vertical this year! If you looked closely at both 8th and Broadway and 1601 Wewatta, tower crane bases are up at each site! We should see those cranes up within the next month or so!