Block 32 at RiNo

Client
Prospect, LLC
Scale
205 Residences
Location
Denver, Colorado
Year Complete
2012

About

Block 32 at RiNo is a 204-unit HUD financed project near downtown Denver. The project has pioneer status at the forefront of infill development along the important Brighton Boulevard corridor linking I-70 to downtown. It is a four-story, wood frame building with tuck-under, garage and surface parking.

Design

Set in the River North (RiNo) Arts District, Block 32 at RiNo’s design reflects the gritty character and urban spirit of the neighborhood. The building’s graphic elements and color were inspired by the adjacent rail lines and RiNo art community. The bold color scheme propels the project into the streetscape, allowing the building to stand out from its surroundings.

Respecting and prioritizing pedestrians’ needs amid its industrial and automobile context was a challenge for this site. A sculptural concrete wall serves to screen the parking while enhancing the pedestrian experience. A photovoltaic array trellis provides a sense of scale at the street and supplements sustainable energy. The 15,000 square foot courtyard creates an extended living space for residents.

This is a transformational urban infill project. Block 32 has developed a blighted and environmentally challenged land parcel in Denver’s River North (RiNo) neighborhood and created a residential community that has successfully attracted its target market. It exceeded financial expectations of its sponsors and investors, and has served as a catalyst for additional development in the neighborhood.

Press

Block 32 at RiNo a Winner
Denver Real Estate Watch | November 2013

First residents move into 205-unit Block 32 apartments in RiNo
Denver Business Journal | January 2013

Awards

2013 Mayor’s Design Award
Award for excellence in architecture, design and placemaking

2013 Project of the Year
Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction at the University of Denver