1000 Speer Tower is Denver, Colorado’s most recent commission for a mixed-use high rise project. The design program called for ground level retail surrounded by 3 levels of parking beneath 20 floors of high end residential units with two rooftop pools. Typical residential floor composition is six 2 bedroom, one 1 bedroom, and one studio unit. All units feature at least one exterior balcony.
This modern building makes a strong design statement at the boundary of the very prominent "Golden Triangle" neighborhood of Denver. The "Golden Triangle" neighborhood is home to 8 museums, more than 50 galleries, fine-art studios, boutique stores, restaurants, coffeehouses and bistros. Area amenities and Downtown Denver are within walking distance of the project site. Available housing opportunities are rare in this neighborhood resulting in a large demand and impetus for this project.
The project is situated on a uniquely triangular shaped site which dictates the dynamic building footprint and scintillating building architecture. The tower façade is a play of solid and void created through the juxtaposition of glass and concrete. The residential units have maximized natural light by glazing placement to take advantage of Colorado’s 300 days of sunlight per year while balancing sustainable concerns. Window mullion placement helps create a more residential sense of proportion and scale on the tower, and the scale is further broken down to a pedestrian scale at street level through the utilization of horizontal glazing panels and awning canopies. When realized, 1000 Speer will provide much needed housing and become a gateway to the "Golden Triangle" neighborhood.