A Round of Applause: Turntable Studios

A Round of Applause: Turntable Studios

BY CHARLIE KEATON, MODERN IN DENVER | After generations of renown as an iconic hotel, a popular Denver landmark gets new life. With Turntable Studios, Johnson Nathan Strohe has created fresh and vibrant micro housing that blurs boundaries between young and old.

One of the newest arrivals on the Denver micro housing scene is also, paradoxically, among the oldest. Even if the Turntable Studios name doesn’t yet ring a bell, the building it occupies can’t help but be familiar. Built as a prototype hotel in the late 1960s and standing strong in the shadow of two Mile High Stadiums in the decades since, the circular 13-story landmark has for years been a comforting sight along the I-25 corridor. But in contrast to its historical significance, the building actually represents a refreshingly progressive view of modern living. And it easily could have gone another direction entirely.

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photo by James Florio