panorama middle school is located in colorado springs and is the larger of the two schools to be selected for the colorado health foundation’s (CHF) MSOLE (middle school outdoor learning environments) grant. inspired by the school's name along with the sweeping vistas of the dramatic front range geology, the design introduces a new topography of turf mounds and graphic contours. places for interactive play, learning, reflection and informal social gatherings are created in the form of traditional hard court games, seating areas, a shaded outdoor classroom, looping paths for walking, and structures for climbing and team challenges. a future phase seeks to implement a garden zone north of the building planned to support local gardening groups as well as the school’s STEM classes.
located just outside of la junta, colorado, las animas middle school was one of two schools to be selected and awarded funding for the Colorado health foundation’s (CHF) MSOLE (middle school outdoor learning environments) grant. with a goal of “cultivating minds,” the design is inspired by the local agrarian dominant landscape patterns of drainages and cultivation. opportunities for learning, socializing, and play are integrated through the outdoor classroom, social spine, tree grove, circular lawn, hard court, and play pit. cohesively, these elements form what will ultimately become a community asset inspiring healthy lifestyles and growing minds.
westgate community school is a charter school located in thornton, colorado. as “an innovative alternative for gifted and creative learners,” the school was in desperate need for an outdoor schoolyard to match their unique approach. working in partnership with adams 12 star schools, adams county open space, the city of thornton, and GOCO we have developed a master plan for the 20 acre campus and implemented the first phase. phase one addresses immediate areas outside of the school consisting of an outdoor woodland classroom, nature based play elements, age specific play zones, and a plaza gathering space. areas are distinguished by natural zones reflecting colorado’s natural landscapes via the woodland, urban core, prairie, and montane. phase two provides recreational sport fields, nature trails, and community garden plots.
we are currently working with a local developer to design and build one of denver's first micro-housing complexes. what makes our project stand out among other micro-housing projects in denver is its close proximity to sloan's lake, expansive views of both the mountains, city, and lake and extensive amenities. we have been working to build this project up from the beginning, working on every detail to provide a mixed use property with commercial offerings on the main level and micro-apartment living above. amenities included in our plans are rooftop community garden plots, outdoor grill, automated concierge service, gym, rooftop movie deck, and rooftop dining. apartment units will range from 380 -508 square feet and will feature compact and space efficient rooms - a portion of which will be listed as affordable hosuing options.
we are always delighted to work with justin cucci on his new projects - the most recent of which is vital root in the tennyson arts district. this vegetarian/vegan restaurant was an opportunity for us to play and explore with a new landscape feature that is both a piece of art and a vegetated focal point. to accomplish this we designed an artificial tree made solely of rebar steel that is centered in the main entrance patio and acts as a man made tree. over time vines and vegetation will fill the central cavity to produce a living tree on an artificial structure. in the back patio we helped to create a vision for a vegatated wall using recycled lunch trays as a colorful backdrop.
we are working with the city of boulder and local developers on the 160 acre, transit oriented mega re-development known as boulder junction. located near the intersection of east pearl st. and 30th st. along the railroad tracks, boulder junction is focussed on creating a mixed-use residential and commercial 'transit village' that is safe and accessible for pedestrian users. we were approached to be a part of a larger team working on the project - providing landscape design services for one areas within the new site. this new development is located right in the core of the city and hopes to provide more affordable housing options for residents in a pedestrian focussed environment in close proximity to restaurants, shops, stores, and outdoor activities.
we joined the design team for the sixth phase of the denver housing authority mixed-use redevelopment of the mariposa / south lincoln neighborhood. a series of public meetings early in the design process ensured that community input was integrated as a final design solution and not treated as an afterthought. in conjunction with neighbor feedback, we aimed to create functional and high-quality outdoor spaces providing the residents with a sense of ownership and privacy. with 94 residential units and 2,200sf of commercial space, this project will bring a great mix of people and businesses to this up-and-coming neighborhood.
[perspective renderings credit: workshop8]
exclusive spaces and privacy distinguish this new apartment complex as a luxurious and sleek experience for residents in the university park area of denver. the space is defined by open aired seating, a modern lounging pool and a shaded courtyard that delineates the social and lounge spaces at the building's main entrance. the focal spaces are crafted of simple and sharp hedge plantings which we accomplished through a limited and simple plant pallet. the central courtyard is planted with soft roses and white flowering ornamental trees to draw the user in and to help establish a precedent of sharp lines and modern designs for the buildings other main spaces.
a young and vibrant couple approach us to work on their single family home in the always popular lower highlands neighborhood of denver. we worked closely with the family to concept and develop both their front and backyard landscape spaces to maximize entertainmentopportunities and usage. the couple wanted to emphasize the clean and modern lines of the residence through the use of green wall screens for privacy and row plantings, utilizing native colorado fauna and flora. in the front yard we played with a meandering entry walkway and in-ground water feature to accentuate the clean lines of the home and to soften the edges of the property. we also looked at creating a circular lawn in the backyard to define the active spaces and again create a softer edge to contract the many sharp edges and lines of the home.
currently we are working alongside a local developer to design a row house project inspired by the famous savile row in central london. we offered the developer a full turn key package starting with a project vision all the way through to a full final package including site plans, landscape design, and creative direction. our landscape plan integrates a planting strip standard on the street side of the development and options for each individual unit which allowed us to flex our design capabilities and experiment with different configurations, features, and plants. the planting pallet utilizes a variety of shapes and shades of green vegetation to create a simple and crisp landscape around the structure. in addition to providing landscape work on the ground level, we were also able to design roof top amenities for each individual unit as part of the final package. for these additional rooftops we wanted to integrate greenery along the roof edge to soften the space as well as flexible seating to establish comfortable outdoor rooms for social gathering and views of the skyline.
we have been working in partnership with a local developer to assemble a full design package for a new row house project in sloan's lake. the goals for this design were to create a landscape that is crisp and clean to match the modern architecture and to push our limits past landscapes and into the design of signage and branding. our team has worked to develop the landscape plan, creative direction, 3D renderings and final marketing graphics for this project. the design we implemented aims to accomplish a bold front yard appeal utilizing a mixture of grasses - which are mounded at the entrance, perennials including yuccas, and native seeds which combine to create a complex planting plan that has varying colors, textures, and depths. the signage and branding that we developed were integrated in the form of a cut corten steel sign that seamlessly bisects the mounded grass at the entrance to the complex. we have seen this project from preliminary project visioning through to final marketing graphics. our team developed the
we were given the task of designing three separate levels of community gathering for this residential project in the berkeley neighborhood of denver. to accomplish this we designed a first floor space that embraces and connects the community to the street and sidewalk. the goal was to make the first floor the most public and dynamic in function. the second floor deck space is intended to be the most private for residents and integrates lush and intense green plantings, soft furnishings, and framed views of the city. the highest space - the third floor deck is intended to make a bold and dramatic statement and accommodates 360 views of the denver skyline. this space is also intended to be flexible and fosters socialization among residents.
we are thrilled to be working as part of a larger team on an alley activation/total block redevelopment in the LODO neighborhood near Coors Field. the goal of this redevelopment is to revitalize existing conditions,improve the street side pedestrian experience, and establish one of Denver's first truly activated retail and commercial alleys. part of our goal was to enhance the existing street condition while also matching the current design aesthetic of the LODO neighborhood. to accomplish this we have implemented tree grates to increase the health of the existing tree canopy as well as proposed the planting of additional trees to increase the tree canopy density and shade coverage. in the alley, we have implemented a custom paving pattern, unique signage that nods to the history of the site, custom window boxes and planters, and industrial inspired groupings of oversized pots.
the city of northglenn approached us to help design and establish a more pleasurable walking experience for pedestrians along 112th avenue. intrigued by the fact that this particular stretch borders a park, we established a softer transition using multiple varieties of native grasses to create a screen along the roadway. our main objective for establishing this screen was to provide a safety barrier for users between the park and roadway. to accomplish this we used grasses of varying height and texture in masses with small gaps in-between to provide sneak peaks into the park and create seasonal interest. to create even more separation we have also suggested the implementation of a seat wall along the curved planting strip that further separates pedestrians and the road while also providing the added function of seating.
a local architecture firm approached us to collaborate on the visioning and concept for a hot new restaurant in the denver suburbs. the inspiration for the restaurant is the wine country in california, which helped inform the materiality and spacial qualities we are hoping to create. we wanted to create multiple outdoor experiences, each with a different scale and character. one area features large shade trees and a water feature to create a crisp and cool environment while other spaces include covered outdoor seating and climbing plants. the surrounding landscape plan utilizes an agrarian pallet of working plants which includes espalier trees and massings of lavender. our plant selection aims to reflect the wine atmosphere of the country and contains multiple colors, textures, and heights to establish variation and depth.
a young family built their dream home from the ground up in cherry hills village, a suburb south of downtown denver. the 3-acre site provided ample room for the house, but its location at the base of a 52-acre watershed came with challenges. we worked closely with the architects and engineers to elevate the house and to engage the existing drainage way while creating fluid transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces. not only is the landscape effortlessly integrated with the house, it's a living work of art. the upper patio features a 300sf groundbreaking piece: the first exterior GSky greenwall to be installed in the state of colorado.
2014 asla colorado honor award for residential design (over $100k)
busy thoroughfares always pose challenges for homeowners: they’re noisy, they can cause re-sale issues, and they can make a home feel like anything but an oasis. we were given the challenge of creating an outdoor space that was relaxing, serene, quiet and aware of its natural surroundings. the problem was the property backed to a major road that carries thousands of vehicles a day in the denver metro area and was about to be overshadowed by an imposing 14-story development that would look down onto the rear yard.
located in an older neighborhood with post modern ranch homes, the owners wanted to maintain the local vernacular of the neighborhood while updating the home and site to meet their needs and their lifestyle. while most of the original footprint of the home was maintained, we played a key role in designing the interior, so views, circulation, sunlight, water usage and electrical systems all worked well and made sense when the outdoor space was complete. during the four-year design and building process we collaborated with not only the homeowner, but also with the architect and the contractors to ensure the outdoor space would be an extension of the house and feel like a private oasis.
2008 asla colorado merit award for residential design
a mid-century home located in the south denver neighborhood of krisana park called for a modern update while preserving the integrity of the historic architecture. not only did the space need to uphold the guiding principals of mid-century design, it needed to be usable and functional for a family; and all on a budget under $20,000. the outcome was a mid-mod palette with a twist: weathered steel, crushed marble, blue fescue grass, high gloss white plastic and neon green angelica sedum.
2014 asla colorado merit award for residential design under ($100k)
the la alma pool and bath house is at the heart of the south lincoln neighborhood which is presently undergoing transformation in density and use. the 1.1 acre facility anchors the southwest corner of the park and establishes urban gathering areas that are safe and fully utilized. the orientation of the buildings, pools and site elements accentuate strong existing visual axes to facilitate higher usage and improves the overall sense of pride and ownership for visitors and locals alike.
[images by christopher morgan]
big sky, big views: our goal for this twelfth floor amenity space was to bring the distant prairie and expansive colorado landscape into the urban setting. the space defines both intimate work areas and large public entertainment spaces while complimenting the scale of the building and setting. various concepts were explored for the east corner of how to best use the space and engage people to move about the roof. the green roof is a mix of both intensive and extensive plantings, allowing for large expanses of plant material as ground plane and interactive, usable public spaces.
bold curves combined with dynamic grade changes distinguish this urban multi-family project in the golden triangle. comprised of a pool and spa, synthetic lawn, outdoor kitchen, and oval deck, this rooftop amenity deck is crafted out of organic forms establishing diverse entertainment spaces. ample seating is integrated throughout for lounging, dining, and socializing. the pool itself is uniquely surrounded by a sloped “lawn” enhancing the deck with green space and providing space for lounging.
we were given the task of redesigning an existing shopping center plaza in conifer, colorado to attract more customers. reminiscent of a european open market and plaza, the elements are organized along two axes, a north-south axis and east-west axis centered between the two existing buildings. along the north-south axis are four symmetrical planting areas lined with kalon wood "stumps" for informal seating opportunities. additional seating as well as outdoor dining for restaurants is provided with 4-top tables and umbrellas centered between the planters. the planting design focuses on a layering of ornamental grasses and colorful perennials with year round appeal. organic and soft, the planting is designed to provide a rich contrast to the simple orthogonal hardscape.
westminster high school in adams county is not only giving their football stadium a facelift, they are making it more accessible for all of their fans. our plan makes the football stadium handicap accessible and updates the entire facility overall. another addition to the stadium is a memorial garden for WHS’ military students.
three sixty worked with the denver housing authority to redevelop their south lowell housing site. we assisted the architects in siting the buildings which influenced the form of the open spaces and circulation corridors and created unique storm water opportunities. our design serves as a tool for water and energy-efficient design to reduce long-term operational and utility costs and also creates beautiful gardens and active play spaces for residents. the challenge of a large circular roundabout to satisfy the fire requirements presented our team with a unique task. we turned an otherwise bleak, large expanse of concrete into a vibrant amenity for the children of the housing development. during the summer seasons, the roundabout is a large water fountain for play as well as a wonderful focal point.
[diagram / photo credits: workshop8, daniel o'connor, ed lacasse]
we were tasked with a seemingly easy project by our friends at kimley horn: develop artwork for a retaining wall next to a new parking lot at denver international airport. however, the project was much more complex than initially thought; the slope changes from 1:3 to 1:4 down to 1:2, and we must adhere to traditional cdot construction detailing. the result? an exploration of bold, graphic art pieces based on the surrounding prairie, silhouettes of planes, and aeronautic cloud patterns.
linear 1 was selected as the final installment with mixed bands of plantings and textured concrete reminiscent of dancing seed heads in the surrounding native grass prairie. these bands give color, rhythm, and movement to the paving field with a consistent mix of hardy sedums throughout to create a unified green texture.
set atop a prominent ridge and visually exposed to the valley below, the underutilized site provided the client with the opportunity to create spaces for entertaining, exercise and taking in the front range views.
the client is a prominent business person who entertains frequently but also wanted a private sanctuary for relaxation and exercise. entertainment space needed to include large and intimate spaces to accommodate parties of all sizes. the hardscape and gardens needed to be beautiful and utilitarian, but also needed to look like they were meant to be there, seamlessly blending into the mountainside. finally, the views, from inside and outside the house, couldn’t be compromised.
2011 asla colorado merit award for residential design (over $100k)
a young family with two small boys built their dream home in an up-and-coming neighborhood near downtown denver. the convenient location and amenities is what drew the family to the area, but the neighborhood didn’t come without drawbacks. not only did the 6,800-square-foot lot need to do everything expected of a dream home, like provide ample outdoor entertainment space, play areas for small children and gardens, it needed to create a refuge for the homeowners from the city around them. it needed to define the property, yet blend in with the neighborhood. it was a tall order for a small slice of denver.
2011 asla colorado honor award for residential design (under $100k)
we've already worked on the shield house, and the owners wanted to further develop their outdoor space by upgrading their roof deck. we gave them a luxurious and very lush entertainment space: white high-gloss planters surround the parapet, filled with privets and fountain grasses. custom-designed perforated metal screens make the deck more private, and two concrete fire pits complement the daybed and sitting areas, making denver nights at this house even more stunning.
our friends at gensler asked us to design the second floor amenity deck for the new and appropriately named MOTO (middle of town) apartments. located in the prominent denver neighborhood of governers park, these apartments occupy a highly desirable location with a walk score of 89 and bike score of 95 (both out of 100). residents' outdoor living experience will be further enhanced by convenient and accessible rooftop amenities consisting of a pool, fire pit, and outdoor kitchen.
we teamed with gensler, sa miro, and swinerton builders to win the largest RTD park n' ride station along the west line, located at 13th and wadsworth boulevard in lakewood. safety, user comfort, cost effective materials, and ease of maintenance drove the design of the plaza and surrounding landscape and provide long-term value for RTD and the city of lakewood.
the open plaza also provides the opportunity to balance peak hour transit with other uses by creating flexible spaces for activities such as a farmers market, art fairs, and coordinated city events. the plaza includes clean lines, large open spaces for ease of movement, street trees for shade, seat walls for sitting, and a planting barrier to separate vehicular traffic on wadsworth boulevard from the interior pedestrian space of the plaza.
[rendering by gensler]
the city of lakewood engaged three sixty to explore alternative paving ideas for lamar street and the vicinity. we contributed material research on durability and cost, and developed a flexible scheme for an unpredictable development situation.