KTGY Architecture + Planning Unveils Design for TriVista on Speer Apartments Adjacent to Denver’s Golden Triangle
May 15, 2017
IRVINE, Calif. (May 15, 2017) — KTGY Architecture + Planning, an international award-winning architecture firm, today revealed details behind the design of TriVista on Speer, a 322-unit luxury apartment building currently under construction on Speer Boulevard between 13th and 14th Streets. The seven-story community, adjacent to Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood, is slated for delivery in 2019.
“This site has urban context and local history on all sides,” said Terry Willis, principal at KTGY’s Denver office. “The Golden Triangle is quickly becoming a more vital neighborhood with an attractive mix of residential and commercial uses. We designed TriVista on Speer to sensitively fill a gap in the city’s urban fabric while setting a high standard for multifamily living in the city.”
KTGY, along with developers Legacy Partners and USAA Real Estate Company, envisions TriVista as a dynamic gateway to Denver’s Golden Triangle and the Civic Center district. To achieve that goal, KTGY leveraged the firm’s experience in multifamily design to create a community that reflects the Golden Triangle’s rich cultural history.
One of TriVista’s most defining features is its central location at the edge of the Golden Triangle, a neighborhood bounded by Speer Boulevard, Colfax Avenue and Lincoln Street. The project is expected to attract more people to the neighborhood, further solidifying the Golden Triangle as a home for design-savvy Denverites.
Cultural institutions in the neighborhood include the Denver Art Museum as well as the relocated Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts. Having recently seen an influx of retail and entertainment offerings, the neighborhood also boasts numerous shops, restaurants and nightlife, catering to residents and visitors alike.
TriVista sits on a 96,000-square-foot triangular parcel whose shape mirrors the boundaries of the Golden Triangle itself. Given the large floor plate, it was crucial to break up the building’s mass and create architectural elements with their own character. By designing each side of the building to respond to the different frontages, each facade presents a unique design language. Visually, TriVista’s brick base unites the different components of the building.
The western facade of the building, running parallel to Speer, responds to views of Cherry Creek and the Rocky Mountains and was dubbed the “View Houses.” With expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and a large amenity deck, this side maximizes connections to Colorado’s outdoor landscape. The northwest corner element is white, to enhance its positioning as a distinct gateway, echoing the white civic buildings to the east. The north side of the building, facing downtown and leading to Civic Center Park, has a more formal language. Called the “City Houses,” it reads like a row of townhouses, each with its own front stoop and private entrance.
Along Fox Street, the eastern elevation became known as the “Art Houses” and reflects the creative spirit of the galleries, museums and music venues throughout the Golden Triangle. Its playfully articulated facade faces the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, History Colorado Center and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, with rhythmic architectural elements interrupted by an eye-catching composition of materials, colors and textures.
Street-level units accessed by front stoops provide a neighborly feel at a pedestrian scale. This is further expressed by wrapping the two-level podium with a brick base that nods to the vernacular architecture of Denver, a predominantly brick city until the 1950s.
KTGY provided a simple solution to a complex challenge created by the site’s proximity to Cherry Creek. Rather than specify a below-grade parking option – one that would require an extensive dewatering system and would have significantly lengthened the construction timeline and cost – the team designed the parking garage at the center of the building and wrapped residences around the outside border of that space.
Meanwhile, the wood-frame design helped achieve an economy of construction for the developers. During the development phase, KTGY had the foresight to obtain permission for the two-story, above-grade podium from the city of Denver prior to the adoption of the 2015 International Building Code, which allows podium buildings to have more than one level of podium structure below the podium deck.
KTGY focused efforts to zero in on the right mix of apartment sizes – ranging from 590 to 1,820 square feet – and interactive amenity options. On the third-floor pool deck overlooking Speer, KTGY’s designers included a collapsible glass panel wall from the pool area to the adjacent lounge and test kitchen to create an open area and free flow between the spaces. The community kitchen – with private dining and lounge space – was configured to accommodate an expansive S-shaped countertop/prep area so caterers and residents can easily set up for large gatherings and community events.
Looking to maximize the square footage of the pool deck, KTGY programmed an adjacent stair tower leading down to the ground level to serve as an extra emergency exit. The planning behind the pool deck – which includes a pool, hot tub, fire pit and grilling stations – as well as the cafe-style common workspace is meant to foster a sense of community and encourage serendipitous encounters.
A 500-square-foot bike/ski maintenance area with workbenches and tools serves as more than simply a place to tune up equipment. The open space provides yet another opportunity for residents to socialize as they maintain their gear. Parking for 162 bicycles will be included in the building’s garage, adjacent to the equipment maintenance area.
Living and Working
As part of the townhouse-inspired north facade, TriVista will include four ground-floor, storefront-style live/work units. The placement of these residences helps shield the parking at ground level and provides a more integrated, commercial feel.
Each 1,490-square-foot space is split into two levels: a fully open first floor with a half bath – ideal for a home-based business – and a second-level living quarters with one bedroom and one bath. The units feature sidewalk access, maximizing visibility and accessibility. Residents also have the option to install window signage to promote their business and draw in foot traffic.
About KTGY Architecture + Planning
Celebrating 25 years, KTGY Architecture + Planning is an international award-winning full-service architecture and planning firm delivering innovation, artistry and attention to detail across multiple offices and studios, ensuring that clients and communities get the best the firm has to offer no matter the building type or location. KTGY’s architects and planners combine big picture opportunities, leading-edge sustainable practices and impeccable design standards to help create developments of enduring value. KTGY serves clients worldwide from offices located in Chicago, Denver, Irvine, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pune and Tysons. Visit www.ktgy.com