Old meets new in mixed-use architecture design
RedPeak Properties held a competition to find a Denver architecture firm that could design a mixed-use development to honor the rich history of Uptown Denver–a design that would fit in to the neighborhood but also stand out from other newly-developed apartment complexes. One City Block was awarded to Davis Partnership Architects based on a plan that creates a new neighborhood with the appearance of having evolved over time.
Four intimately scaled buildings, each with a unique identity, are named after Denver city parks. The buildings are clustered around a central courtyard with outdoor amenities for all residents that include a large swimming pool and sundeck, a fire pit, fountains, and beautiful garden and lawn areas. Indoor amenities for residents feature a community room, demonstration kitchen, fitness center, yoga and Pilates studio, and a game room. Each apartment building has its own entry lobby, as well as a roof deck affording excellent views of the city. In addition, tenants have access to a two-level underground parking structure for convenient and secure parking.
Retail storefronts and sidewalk cafés along Nineteenth Street bolster the burgeoning mix of shops and residences that compose this district. Appealing landscaping and built-in planters soften the streetscape on all sides. Transformers, generators, and trash bins are all hidden within the base of the buildings.
One City Block includes attention to sustainability for LEED certification. The first phase of occupancy opened in September of 2013.