The second addition to the burgeoning Five Points neighborhood, The Lydian is the first to reach the full 8 stories allowed in the district. Working closely with various neighborhood groups and Denver’s Landmark Preservation staff, the building addresses the public realm with a 2 and 3-story base along Welton and 26th. Appreciating Denver’s familiar 25-foot lot width, the base is composed of a series of bays—clad in richly-colored brick masonry, crafted with details varying from traditional to modern. The upper-level volumes, treated in a more contemporary fashion, sit back from the base, diminishing the impact to the pedestrian experience along the street.
At the heart of this project is a distinctive entry plaza—fronting Welton Street and presenting the voluminous lobby space shared by residents, office workers, and restaurant patrons alike. The inviting nature of this space epitomizes the public involvement in the design process as well as the ideas of inclusivity and community engagement. The resulting energy of this space appropriately responds to the light rail station platform that sits immediately adjacent to the building.