1755 Blake Mixed Use Office Building

Denver, Colorado
Completed

A five-story office building with retail at the ground level located on a street that links the ballpark and the 16th Street Mall.

Client

First Century Development

Project Size

125,000 sf

Building Performance

LEED-CS Silver

Awards

2010 AIA Denver, Award of Merit

2010 AIA Colorado, Citation Award

Professional Services

Architecture
Interior Design

1755 Blake is a five-story office building with retail at the ground level. It is the first component of reactivating a street that links Coors Field and the 16th Street Mall. In keeping with the intent of the Lower Downtown Denver Design Guidelines (LDDG), this Class A office building is a contemporary structure with the scale and character of lower downtown Denver.

Entry to retail occurs along the sidewalks at ground level, while parking is accommodated in a two-and-a-half level garage below grade. The building is made up of an efficient office envelope of open floor plates and a central core, set back from the property lines creating a first exterior layer. Simple in its rectangular shape, this layer has been pulled back at the corner and adjacent to the existing historic building so as not to compete with the relating mass. In addition, this layer undulates at the ground level to activate and define the experience of the building above. A second exterior layer is reflective of the material, scale and character of surrounding buildings. It sits in front of the office envelope along the property boundary, and defines the street edge. This expression includes stone detailing, balconies and punched windows that help to activate the facade at the pedestrian street level.