Location | Denver, Colorado
This 28 unit project consists of four seven-unit multi-family homes just two blocks away from Sloan’s Lake. The design takes advantage of city and mountain views while gathering around a private urban park and garden. The genesis of the project creates a community within the neighborhood. This project was designed for LEED Gold certification and is solar ready with dedicated circuit and roof square footage to exceed average electrical power usage for the units.
Framework at Sloan’s Lake explores the unique dialogue of connectivity through series of scales. The site exists between the macro scale of the mountains/plains/city, and the micro scale of the site/user. There is an active neighborhood energy that draws people to the lake which provides gathering spaces for local activities and community. The site’s southern boundary of 17th street connects directly to Sports Authority Field at Mile High 6 blocks to the east. The project serves as a catalyst for new urban infill development in an underutilized transitioning area. The site was selected due to the proximity of local amenities and the unusually high elevation that provided spectacular 360 degree views of mountains, city lights and lake activities.
By thoughtfully reducing density, the Framework project centers on an urban pocket park created by the residual development. The design team’s goal is to establish a community within a community, giving owners the opportunity to gather, play, and tend the community gardens while still having immediate access to the surrounding city and its larger amenities. To accomplish this goal, the water treatment and irrigation systems are buried underneath the open space in order to preserve the unique qualities of the pocket park.