16M Featured in the 2015 Doors Open Denver Architectural Showcase
This year’s 11th Annual Doors Open Denver event, themed “Denver Classics Then & Now,” offers a self-guided architectural tour to some of Denver’s most interesting structures. On April 25th and 26th, we invite you to attend this free event and explore Denver’s diverse architecture which flourishes in the city center. The event has partnered with local transportation sponsors; Denver B-Cycle, car2go, and RTD, to offer you several options for getting around. Take special self-guided tours, sign up for a group tour, bike through the city streets, or walk - there are options for everybody! The self-guided tours are free thanks to the Denver Architectural Foundation and their many sponsors and friends.
A highly anticipated addition to the LoDo neighborhood that charitably replaced a drab Office Depot, the contemporary 16M building was designed by Gensler. Construction began in 2013 and 16M welcomed new residents as early as October of 2014. 16M is a Gensler-designed 10-story/340,000 square-foot LEED Certified mixed-use building situated on the southeast corner of 16th and Market streets in Lower Downtown Denver, the site of the former Office Depot. This building contains 115,000 square feet of Class AA office space over five stories, along with 13,000 square feet of retail (including ground floor and prime restaurant space). Structurally set back from the lower portion are four stories dedicated to the residences, a total of 36 units of for-rent luxury apartments on the floors seven through ten. 16M also has three levels of below grade parking with a tucked away garage ramp. Innovative strategies led the design away from a replica-type LoDo building and toward a modern building that pays homage to the neighborhood through the use of brick and highly refined details. The premier corner of 16th and Market is activated by the dynamic relationship between the primary (16th Street) and secondary (Market Street) facades. The rhythmical window openings are inspired by the form and scale of historic LoDo expressed through tailored material selections and innovative details. 16M’s interior style marries old and new, featuring the rustic elegance of reclaimed wood floors paired next to ultra-modern venetian plaster walls. The project is still in its finishing stages and new details are being added regularly.
16M was an important contribution to LoDo, not only on account of its attractive overall design and valuable mixed-use space, but also because of its good street presence and interaction with urban pedestrians (the old Office Depot featured only a single entrance along 16th St and a monolithic half-block long brick wall along Market St). 16M caters to the vibrant live-work atmosphere of Denver, Colorado.
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