Let’s head over to Denver’s River North neighborhood and check in on the completed Freight Residences located at Zeppelin Development’s TAXI compound. Today, we are going to look at the completed four-story, 49-unit project both inside and out.
Freight’s architecture is right in line with the rest of the TAXI development; an industrial look with a corrugated metal facade and bright accent colors. The residences in Freight are geared more towards families which means there are one, two, three, and four bedroom units. No Zeppelin development would be complete without their famous garage doors, located on the first and top floor units.
It may look a little barren now but, come spring, the front landscaping will feature native wildflowers and grasses that will go around and under the pathways. Water drainage from the roof will go directly into this little detention area. The large concrete blocks you see in the second picture are directly from their concrete-mixing neighbors to the north. When there is leftover concrete in the trucks, these large forms are made and are typically used for roadways and construction. Zeppelin saw an opportunity to reuse these forms for landscaping.
Orange is the theme at Freight Residences. Here is part of the lobby that will be used for kids, workshops, events, and a collaborative work environment.
Did I mention orange? The hallway on the third floor is painted what I like to call “traffic cone” orange. The floor also looks orange but it is just polished concrete reflecting the walls and ceiling.
Freight has a very interesting unit layout. On the east half of the building, two-story townhomes are stacked on top of each other. The smaller units are located on the west side of the building, along with additional townhome units. Because of this, there are only two access points for all of the units: the ground floor and third floor.
Thanks to Chris Woldum of Zeppelin, DenverInfill was able to get an inside look at Freight. Starting off with the townhome units, we can see that they feature an industrial look with very open floor plans and polished concrete floors. The same orange we saw above is also featured as an accent in all of the units.
The garage doors offer a great opening for each unit’s outdoor space. Every townhome unit has a garage door leading out to either the front, if you are on the first two floors, or a private rooftop patio, if you are on the top two floors.
Some of the townhomes feature both an east and west view that can be directly seen from each end of the unit. The master bedrooms have a unique, open layout, as you can see in the second photo.
The one-bedroom units come in just shy of 600 square feet but feel very open with only one central wall spanning from the floor to ceiling.
How about the views? Looking west, you get a great view of the mountains with the freight yards less than a block away.
To the south, you get views of the TAXI site as well as the Union Station skyline.
Most apartments going up around Downtown Denver feature very similar floor plans, and have very limited large units. Freight breaks that mold with family-sized units and unique floor plans.