Sova-come enjoy the view

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From the start of design, McWhinney and Craine Architecture have worked with the collective goal to deliver a timeless building to Uptown, designed with thoughtful consideration to the neighborhood, the greater Denver community, and the environment.  The result is a mature and refined building (built by Weitz) that will age well and help to contribute to a sense of permanence in the Denver cityscape.  When you walk past Sova, you will find it to be an inviting and calming presence that welcomes it’s residents, and engages the street. If you would like to read more about Sova, click here.  

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SOVA (Koerbel Photography)
SOVA (Koerbel Photography)
The Hooper

The Hooper is coming!

The Hooper is coming! 5000 3500 Kristy

The Hooper, designed by Craine Architecture, further defines the intersection of 26th and Welton Streets, architecturally and programmatically complimenting the recently completed Lydian across the street.  The massing and materiality of the building demonstrates a sensitivity to the neighborhood context, both new and old, while the details are appropriately crafted to distinguish the building with a personality of its own.  Heavy on the efficiency studios, the residential offering at The Hooper will contribute to a broad range of contemporary home types in the neighborhood.  Building on the success of the Craft co-work office space at The Lydian, The Hooper will provide a mix of flexible collaborative workspace as well as traditional office configurations.  The ground floor will be home to the distinctive community-centric Busboys and Poets, a gathering space intended (in the words of the establishment’s founder) “…to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul…”  There could not be a better descriptor for this building and the spaces within.

The Denver Post recently published this article and you can read more about this project here.

RiNo Mixed Use

RiNo Project Breaks Ground

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We were hired by Zocalo Community Development to design a thirteen story project that will deliver 381 apartments, a high-quality fitness center and 9500 SF of retail space to the River North neighborhood in Denver, Colorado.  This project aims to bring affordable units to RiNo, the majority of which are studio and one-bedroom apartments.   The location is one where residents will be able to easily embrace city life without needing a car.  To read more about this project, click here.

The Lydian

2018 Downtown Denver Award Winner!

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We are proud to announce that The Lydian won the 2018 Downtown Denver Partnership Award.  This honor is bestowed upon those transformative projects that contribute to our vibrant city center.  It certainly is an exciting time to live here, and we continue to be thrilled and humbled to be a part of creating a cityscape of which Denverites can be proud. As always, working with Palisade Partners and Confluence Companies was an absolute pleasure. 

A big congratulations to those on the design team here at Craine, and to the other award winning projects!  If you would like to read more about this project and the other winners, click here.

Sunset at The Lydain
The Lydian - Mixed Use Denver Project
The Lydian Entry

Throwback Thursday

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The temperatures are heating up and we are looking to get poolside!  To this end, we decided to revisit our Union West project which was completed in 2016.  Our client, Confluence Companies, asked that we design a 475,000 GSF residential complex.  This building features 267 for rent apartments, a fitness center, yoga studio, pool, and work-at-home library.  We hope the tenants are enjoying the finished project and having as much fun in it as we had designing it!

To read more about this project, click here!

Union West
Union West Club House

Riverwalk Update

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We are approaching the completion of the south building at Riverwalk!  This is a $65 million, mixed-use project in Castle Rock, Colorado that will deliver 230 apartments, 34,000 SF of office space and 14,000 SF of retail space. A 32-ton pedestrian bridge that is already in place, connects the south building to the north building’s pool deck.   It is always a pleasure to work with Confluence Companies and we are thrilled to be a part of this watershed moment for the city of Castle Rock.  We will post an update once the entire project is completed.  In the meantime, click here and here to view more! 

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Zia Progress

Sunnyside Project Update

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Here is a quick update for you all on Zia, which is a mixed-use project in Denver. We were hired to design a 557,000 GSF building with 120 residential condos, 316 residential apartments and 9000 SF of retail space. Construction has been moving fast! The L2 transfer slabs have been poured and they have finished topping out the stair cores. The Infinity panels are on site, which means it is going to fly up in a hurry! We will keep you posted but in the meantime, you can image it eventually looking like the renderings below.


Charlie soars!

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It is time for an update of our beloved big blue crane.

The crane was developed by the incredible minds of Matter.  He initially took flight about a year ago, but sitting perched high up on the chamfered corner of our building, he caught many strong winds and wanted to take flight.  We called in our reinforcements at Douglas Construction, and John & Tony were able to redesign his perch.  Given that he survived the bomb cyclone in March, we can officially name him now.  He is Charlie, named after Charlie “Bird” Parker.

Yes, that is right, we named him after the famous American Jazz saxophonist and composer. This is the perfect name for him as he overlooks The Welton Corridor in the Historic Five Points District which is home to the Rossonian.  From the 1920s to the 1950s, the Rossonian hotel became a mainstay for Black musicians as when they visited Denver they were often turned away from other hotels where they had been performing.  Much to the delight of the entire Five Points Community, the musicians (such as Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald) would often perform late at night or on their off-nights at the Rossonnian lounge.  Talk about a memory maker!  By the late 1950’s as segregation began to ease and Black musicians had more choices as to where to stay, the hotel and its lounge saw a decline, and after several failed attempts to restore its true grandeur, the Rossonian sat empty for more than two decades.  This has been a travesty given the history of this iconic building, which many consider to the be jewel of Five Points.

Finally, plans have been solidified to bring jazz back to the Rossonian and the Welton corridor!  As part of the Five Points Community, we could not be more thrilled!

So when you are driving past our office and you see Charlie, throw on some of Charlie Bird Parker’s tunes (Passport or Leap Frog), crank it up, and smile knowing that jazz will be flowing in the Five Points Neighborhood once again.

Sova Progress


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We are speeding toward the finish line on Sova!  Hooray!  What a pleasure it has been to work with McWhinney & Weitz Construction on this twelve story multifamily community.  Sova is pursuing LEED Silver Certification.  As the architect for this project, we are very proud to deliver a timeless building to Uptown, which was designed with thoughtful consideration to the neighborhood, the larger Denver community and the environment.  Our hope was to create a mature and refined building that will age well, and  help create a feeling of permanence in the Denver cityscape.  We will showcase the final product on our website soon!

If you are looking to rent a unit, please click here!


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As the architect for the Rossonian Rehabilitation and Addition, we are contributing to the revival of this historic building as a music venue and hotel. We are excited to be working on such a significant project that is also near our offices in the Five Points neighborhood. Rocky Mountain PBS ran a segment about the Rossonian Renaissance. View it here.

For additional information about the remodel, click here