The Wheatley Rendering

The Wheatley: Denver Luxury Townhomes and Apartments

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Craine Architecture has designed The Wheatley, which is a luxury apartment complex with a for sale townhome component located in the Welton Corridor of Denver. There are 82 apartments and 14 luxury town homes. This project is currently under construction. The program is contained within five stories and one level of underground parking.  Working with the Denver Landmark staff and the Commission, the building has been designed to be of its time, while incorporating elements that reference the rich context of the neighborhood. Although much of the building’s massing, material selections, and detailing, were informed by the character defining elements of the neighborhood, perhaps the most unique element is the chamfered corner, used throughout the district as a way to address the public right-of-way, and provide for a welcoming building entry. The Wheatley celebrates the corner at the intersection of 25th and Welton with a chamfered condition, enhanced masonry detailing, and a suspended canopy, marking this prominent building entry.

The architectural fabric along the Welton corridor, is generally arranged into multiples of 25 feet, relating to the typical lot width. Historically significant buildings in the Five Points neighborhood, such as the Rossonian, have been organized with an obvious base, articulated with highly transparent storefront, a less transparent middle and a top that is often characterized by a projecting cornice. The Wheatley has been crafted to balance this contextually appropriate traditional language, with a material palette and detail refinement, familiar to contemporary architecture.

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Denver Urban Townhomes Designed by Craine Architecture

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Craine Architecture designed urban townhomes that are currently under construction in a neighborhood that 5280 Magazine called one of the hottest places to live in Denver.  5280 Magazine described the neighborhood, “This cozy enclave still has a rich Latino heritage and provides a lower-cost option—with equal access to northwest Denver’s amenities and striking views of downtown—than the more established Highland neighborhood to the north.”  These Denver urban townhomes are modern, and a perfect fit for the edgy and fast growing neighborhood that is much sought after by young Denver urbanites.  Boasting expansive city views and roof top decks make the townhomes even more appealing and one can imagine sipping cocktails while watching the rapid growth of the urban corridor.

“In normal years, assessing Denver’s hottest neighborhoods is pretty predictable business. Of course, 2010 is, and 2009 was, anything but normal. As the Mile High City—and the nation—begins the slow recovery from the housing crisis, many of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods have seen marked corrections. That’s not a bad thing, per se, as these communities (think East Wash Park, University Park, and Country Club) are still highly sought after, even if the sales data aren’t quite as rosy as they’ve been in the past. The good news, though, is that the benefactors of these micro-market corrections are, mostly, the areas around the city’s classic neighborhoods—and the long-term effect of this phenomenon will be to expand Denver’s overall livability. Whether you’re buying, selling, or staying put this year, these are the places to be in Denver right now.”

Construction is underway! Check out Denver Urban Townhomes by clicking the link below.

You can check out more on Denver Urban Townhomes & Denver’s hottest neighborhoods in 5280 Magazine here.

Colorado Lake House by Craine Architecture

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Construction is underway for a Colorado Lake House designed by Craine Architecture! The clients beautifully articulated their vision for a comfortable but exceptional home where they are able to raise their family and entertain guests. The home is oriented to optimize the views of a picturesque lake and the beautiful Rocky Mountains. While grand in scale, the home retains its warmth with comfortable spaces and natural materials. Green building practices have been implemented to ensure an environmentally sensitive home that is also comfortable and efficient. The home has a strong connection to the landscape with large windows which open onto expansive views, along with several outdoors spaces to take advantage of the Colorado sun. The outdoor spaces include a three-seasons room and sunken courtyard with fire pit and water feature. In addition, several porches wrap the house to provide quiet and relaxing spaces to take in the views.

Craine Architecture prides itself on designing a wide variety of single family residential projects, as well as commercial and multifamily communities. We will keep you posted as progress continues!

Construction begins at the Bow Mar Residence

Denver Luxury Apartments Designed by Craine Architecture

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Craine Architecture designed these Denver luxury apartments situated between Downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains.  This dog friendly  complex will not disappoint and includes two interior courtyards, a pool deck with a fireplace and yoga deck, fitness and yoga areas inside, as well as a club room, dog wash, and bike storage.  These Eco-friendly apartments also boast solar panels as a means to save on cost and help our environment.   Future tenants will also be able to reduce their carbon footprint by taking the RTD Light Rail, a few blocks away, or hopping on their bikes to access the Union Square Park trail.  We will keep you posted on the progress with some more photos to come but construction is underway!

Confluence Development, the developer of this Denver Luxury Apartment project, says that “residents will have access to a cyber cafe, a sky lounge with a roof top deck, multiple fireplaces, a health club quality fitness center, enclosed bike storage, a bike maintenance area, a dog wash room, and easy access to the community trail system that runs through the property.”

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Platt Park Residence by Craine Architecture

Modern Denver Home by Craine Architecture

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Craine Architecture had the pleasure of designing this modern Denver home for a young family who was looking for a modern, but contextually appropriate home in Platt Park.  Their home is featured in the current issue of Denver Life and Home Magazine. The following is an excerpt from the article…

….Basically, the lot size drove the diagram. Craine divided the “very, very public spaces” in the front of the house from the private space in the back with a massive concrete wall, which bisects the house crosswise, and rises from the basement to the railing of the second floor. It lends texture, unity and visual interest to the entire house. He then hung the stairwell next to the concrete monolith.

The concrete wall repeats the concrete used on the exterior of the house and was built at the same time as the foundation and essentially in the same way, with rebar-reinforced concrete. It was all wide open to view during construction. “The two-and-one-half-story, freestanding interior concrete wall that divides the dining room from the kitchen and family room definitely raised some eyebrows when the house was being built,” Stefan says. “I think people were concerned we were building an ‘end-of-days’ bunker.”

Rather than a massive structure, it turned out to be a light, clean design with an elegant simplicity in its exteriors and interiors. “I think for both of us, the greatest pleasure is the sense of calm you feel when you walk in,” Stefan says.


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B Street Project-In 5280 Magazine

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Union West

Union West Apartments in the Denver Post

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Read the article on the Denver Post website.