SOVA Update #3

It has been almost a year since we last visited SOVA and, as you would expect, a lot has happened on that site since then. As a refresher, SOVA is a 12-story, 211-unit apartment project that supplanted one of Uptown’s many surface parking lots.

When we stopped by the site this last weekend, workers were busy taking down the tower crane that was featured in both our last winter and summer tower crane census. In addition to the crane coming down, SOVA looks nearly complete.

Moving around SOVA, here are two more views of the project.

The ground floor of SOVA enhances the pedestrian experience with both ground-floor town-homes, and a glass corner facing 19th Street; much better than a surface parking lot!

SOVA is expected to open within the next few months as completion is slated for early 2019.

By | 2018-08-15T08:27:11+00:00 August 7, 2018|Categories: Infill, Residential, Uptown, Urban Design, Urbanism|Tags: |10 Comments


  1. JB August 7, 2018 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    What an utter disappointment from a design perspective. It’s like people aren’t even trying anymore. Forget slot houses, we should push a moratorium on beige buildings!

  2. Nicholas Wagner August 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I think this building looks like a jail. It is sterile. But you’re right, it is better than a surface parking lot.

  3. Nicholas Wagner August 7, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    DenverInfill, I am surprised you haven’t posted anything about the Denver Art Museum expansion project that is currently under construction, will we be seeing a post of that soon? It looks like an exciting project! I look forward to it if that is in the works.

  4. Jordan August 7, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Such a bland building though.

  5. GC August 7, 2018 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I think we should call the SOVA “Soviet” as it looks like a Communist Era building!

  6. James August 8, 2018 at 12:39 am - Reply

    I agree, it does look a little bland but one could also call it refined and simple. The color reminds me of the blocks upon blocks of beige buildings in Paris. It certainly doesn’t have as much detail as those buildings but the balconies help that and the active street level makes this a welcome addition to Uptown.

  7. Ryan August 8, 2018 at 9:18 am - Reply

    “This much-needed infill that’s going to create 211 new homes doesn’t meet my outsized aesthetic standards!” cried the professional architecture critics in the comments section.

  8. Cherry Creek August 8, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

    Boring. Query: if you were an architect, would you include that your portfolio of work you were proud of? What a dull, uninspiring work field architecture must be for many who work on the blah, soulless buildings being built in so much of America nowadays.

  9. Scott August 8, 2018 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    As an architect, I truly appreciate this projects consolidation of the facade into a single unified face. I believe that the variation in our cities architecture should come from each building looking a bit different rather than each building getting so scrambled architecturally that you cannot tell when one building ends and the next begins. This building is timeless and I believe it will age much much better than most of the projects constructed in denver recently

  10. Philipddg August 9, 2018 at 9:34 am - Reply

    I haven’t seen this building from street level and up close, but I do see it from my home in Capitol Hill. SOVA stands out nicely against the multi-colored backdrop of the buildings around it. Its quiet color palette, clean lines and simple form give it an appealing elegance that I, for one, am happy to see.

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