DCPA seating

Transforming Denver’s Theater Experience: The Unique Art of Performance Design

A common misconception of theater design is that architects are given the opportunity to create a “dramatic space.” In reality, however, good theater architecture creates a supportive enclosure that focuses as much energy as possible toward the performance that will inhabit the space. The challenge is to bend all of the layers of the project toward the goal of serving future performances as completely as possible, and making it look simple. 

Building Dialogue

January 8, 2018
lego buildings

Building a City Takes a Village, Deserves Thanks

We celebrated my son’s birthday recently and, as is tradition in our family on every holiday, he received a Lego set. As we were pouring over the instructions and laying out the pieces, we talked about how Lego blocks are created. We discussed the plastic material used, that there was a different mold for each brick and specialty piece.

Building Dialogue

December 31, 2017
tutt entrance

Tutt Library Marries Modern Past with Today’s Needs

The architect on Colorado College’s Tutt Library renovation and addition approached this project in a thoughtful manner. And no wonder: The 1962 library, designed by legendary architect Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is a stellar example of mid-century Modern architecture.

Building Dialogue

December 24, 2017
250 columbine

OZ Architecture Spans Decades, Even the Globe

For more than 50 years, award-winning firm OZ Architecture has shaped, and been shaped by, its home state of Colorado. With 165 employees in offices in Denver and Boulder, OZ provides architecture, master planning, interior design and, more recently, brand experience design to clients and projects across the U.S., and in Africa, Asia and Antarctica.

Building Dialogue

December 18, 2017
riverview on platte

Riverview at 1700 Platte is uniquely located

Virtuous design is responsive, the best of it on many levels. For Riverview at 1700 Platte, a 213,713-square-foot Class A office building being developed by Trammell Crow Co., strategic building massing and a thoughtful internal organization richly enhance contextual connections.

Building Dialogue

December 11, 2017
1144 15th view from roof

1144 Fifteenth: Birth of a Denver Icon

A gleaming, faceted gem has risen in downtown Denver and its arrival has been impossible to miss. As you move around the city, its shape changes, its skin shifts from reflective to translucent, and its unique roofline transforms from mirroring the foothills to the crown of a diamond.

Building Dialogue

December 4, 2017

Tradition, High-Tech Blend in Finance Space

The finance sector continues to transform as it adapts to several major forces, including altering regulations, consumers’ increased use of digital banking and demands for increased cybersecurity. Following the 2008 recession, large financial institutions changed where they focus their investment dollars, namely less in personal lending and more in wealth management and investment banking.

Building Dialogue

November 26, 2017
watermelon

The City is the Canvas, and Buildings the Art

Years ago, while walking through the Art Institute of Chicago, I saw a piece by Chuck Close at the other end of a long corridor. Perhaps you have seen his work as well, which is famous for its realism – so you know that from such a long distance each piece clearly seems to be a photograph. You may also know, then, that when you walk closer and stand in the same room, the work reveals itself as a painting.

Building Dialogue

November 20, 2017
kieding office

Building a Slice of Home into the Office

The lexicon of architecture and interior design is specific: smooth and taut, a little slick and flashy, occasionally marked with a touch of irony, and always cloaked in style. At least that’s the way we see it.

Building Dialogue

November 13, 2017
cu maker space

Designing Creative Collaboration School Spaces

The term “maker space” is getting a good deal of attention lately, especially in education environments. In fact, maker spaces have been part of a trend that began over a decade ago. The idea of making things, of course, is not new, but the concept of incorporating physical spaces within learning environments designed to foster greater cross-discipline collaboration and problem solving through creating things has just begun to really take hold.

Building Dialogue

November 6, 2017