101 West Colfax Avenue101 Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80259
Design Achievement - The 101 West Colfax building provides an iconic anchor to the capitol mall of Denver. The 11-story building was challenged to set a new context amidst the government and cultural buildings that surround Civic Center Park,. The area is the host of significant public gatherings and the terminus of the city’s pedestrian mall spine. Designed as a counterpoint to its closed-off, imposing neighbors, the white cladding and glass curtainwall creates a high degree of transparency. This achieves the goal of connecting business taking place inside the building with the bustling public vibrancy outside. The welcoming stance is reinforced by a curved north façade that mirrors the curve of the oblong park boundary across the street. News-ticker electronic ribbon displays are deftly integrated to the curve at ground level, boosting the building’s visibility and interaction with the public at this nexus of activity. While DLR Group's initial design allowed for a single tenant, multiple stair and elevator core locations maximize the building's flexibility to function as a multi-tenant office building in the future. Extra-large floor divisible floorplates also contribute to this flexibility, as they can house diverse tenants. A narrow floor plan and vision glass on all building sides allow daylight to penetrate across the width of the floors.
Scope Summary - This project encompassed the design of a new 570,000 SF office building, parking for 660 cars, and site improvements to adjacent street parking areas to integrate the building into the existing downtown context. Spaces include business office environments and newsrooms, amenity/support spaces, exterior balconies and terraces, and a 230-seat auditorium. DLR Group provided architecture and interior design services.