New Denver Residential Mid-Rise Coming to 26th and Alcott
DENVER — OZ Architecture has been selected by NYC-based Tessler Developer to design a new 14-story building that will feature a mix of for-sale condos and for-rent apartments in LoHi. Alcott Condo Club will offer an affordable entry point into the housing marketing for first-time home buyers in a highly desirable part of town.
Located at 26th and Alcott, tenants can rent at reasonable levels until they are able to ‘move up’ to purchase a unit which also reflects an affordable market-rate price. The aim of this project is to enable younger buyers a way to jump on the home-ownership ladder.
According to OZ, the modern architectural character of the building will stand apart from the traditional multifamily stucco and brick occurring around Denver, instead recalling the clean lines and crisp forms of a Mondrian painting.
“Piet Mondrian was a Dutch modernist who is best known for his 1920’s paintings where he reduces shapes to lines to create abstract pieces with asymmetrical balance. OZ has taken some traditional building ideas, such as proportion and base-middle-top articulation, and they have threaded into the building façade’ the theories of Mondrian. The 14-story building uses basic vertical and horizontal elements of architecture to create a three-dimensional expression of the opposing forces of positive and negative,” says OZ lead Designer Ari Irfano.
With city views to the east and mountain views to the west, expansive outdoor terraces will provide gathering spaces for future residents. The massing of the building will step down to the west, to incorporate the more residential scale of the surrounding neighborhood.
“We are playing off of the clean lines and abstraction asymmetry to provide a story for the common areas and the residential units,” explains Laura Hilpipre.
The building will feature separate entryways, amenities, and gathering spaces for the condo owners and for the apartment tenants. Fitness and wellness amenities on-site are substantial, and high-end interior design elements run throughout. Additionally, tenants will have access to the buildings fully covered underground parking garage, concealed on all four sides by residential units so that the structure is never seen by the surrounding neighborhood.
While this building was originally proposed with greater height, more residential units and additional square footage, OZ Architecture’s thoughtful design affords the space of the desired modern amenities while bringing the previous plan down in scale.
The concept plan was recently approved by the City of Denver and construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2019.