Boasting the moniker “the place where art is made” the RiNo art district was solidified in 2005 by a group of thriving local artists who trademarked the name and put the neighborhood on the map.
With the recent influx of multifamily development, store fronts and amenities to the area, a new dialogue has emerged between the rugged, self made arts district and the new urban “hot spot”. Staring the possibility of transition in the face, two long time artists and residents looked to protect the atmosphere that has made it the attraction it is today.
Consisting of two single family homes with on site gallery/workshop spaces, the RiNo Tandem House sets out with the intention to protect rather than change.
Organized as one vertical unit and one horizontal unit, both homes consists of a moderately sized gallery and entertaining space on the ground floor, each with their own folding door, attracting artists of like mind and activating the ever changing street front. Emphasizing transparency and day-lighting, both vertically and horizontally, each unit represents a nuanced way of living in this eclectic neighborhood. A vertical loft oriented unit with top light and multi-storied living spaces coupled with the horizontal green space-centered design for the larger family.
Both units take cues from the local surroundings with a combination of treated and un-treated steel siding that is meant to weather without consistency or direction – a testament to the artists’ creative processes.
In the end, these humble residential structures, surrounded by the eminent large scale urban development, set out to preserve the small scale sanctity of RiNo and shine in it’s hand-crafted modesty.