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Above are photos from our Friday site visit to one of the firm’s residential projects in the final phases of construction. Metal panels are being added to the facade of the building and the glass railings are being installed to complete the light-well staircase.

Telegraph restaurant opens in Washington Park

Back Bar Graphic

 

After months of hard work, Brazen’s sister restaurant, Telegraph, has finally opened in Washington Park. The new neighborhood bistro features a variety of dining scenarios – a welcoming front room and bar, an intimate dining room, and a casual outdoor patio. One of the highlights of the front room is the graphic design shown above, which was created by Lubowicki Architecture designer Kris Kuster.

“Framework” awarded spot on the 2015 Denver Modern Homes Tour

We are pleased to announce that Framework has been added to the roster of the 2015 DMHT, hosted by Sunset Magazine and Modern Home Tours. The LoHi residence will be one of seven homes featured on this year’s tour, and tickets are on sale now. Ticket-holders will be able the walk through the home, gain insight to the project, and meet the architect, Steve Lubowicki.  The self-paced tour will take place on Saturday, August 22nd from 11am-5pm.

 

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Brazen listed as one of Denver’s Best New Restaurants

Congratulations to our client Brazen for being listed by the New York-based website Thrillest as one of Denver’s Best New Restaurants!

http://www.thrillist.com/eat/denver/best-new-denver-restaurants-of-2014

The review mentions that its patio, fire pit, and “cozy, intimate interior could not be more welcoming”.  That was exactly what we were going for with this neighborhood eatery!

Brazen restaurant opens

We’re happy to announce that Brazen restaurant opened a little while ago, and we are very proud of how its design turned out.  It’s just off the corner of Tennyson and 38th in the old Elitch’s neighborhood.  The owner wanted to create a contemporary interior that conveyed a welcoming, neighborhood-eatery vibe.  Stand-out materials for the space include its polished concrete floor, bent steel shelving and lighting fixtures, and a dark wood finish using the Japanese shou-sugi-ban burnt wood technique.

As we’ve done on other projects, we jumped in on some of the finishes for the restaurant.  As you can see from the pictures below, we tested out the burnt wood technique in the parking lot behind our office.  We used a gas burner to torch the wood, and then scraped off some of the excess charring to expose some of the natural wood beneath.  We also took on the job of painting the overhead bent-steel lighting pendant, creating a distressed marquee sign look to reference the area’s amusement park past.

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Be sure to visit the restaurant to check out the finished result, and the delicious food. You can visit their website here: BrazenDenver.com
Also be sure to check out their write-up in the 5280 magazine which you can read here: 5280’s Brazen writeup

New Office on 9th & Santa Fe

We recently moved our office from Denver’s Union Station to the vibrant Santa Fe Art District.  Specifically we’re at 863 Santa Fe Drive, just south of 9th & Santa Fe.  We’re very excited to be surrounded by the creativity of the surrounding art galleries and fellow architects.

Very frequently local artists display their art in our space.  So feel free to stop by, especially on First Fridays of the month when this area is at its liveliest.  All the galleries are open free of charge, gourmet food trucks abound, and our new space is open for tours.

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our Union Station studio

We’ve been lucky enough to work out of a beautiful office in Denver’s Union Station for over 10 years now.  It’s a real pleasure to come to work every day in a building that is so central to Denver’s history and vitality.  We’ve especially enjoyed the green features that were common building practice when this station was built, like tall windows to let in tons of natural light and warmth in the winter, and the natural passive ventilation that helps cool the building in the summer. We’ll talk more about this in our next post.

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As you may know, there’s a lot of construction going on all around Union Station right now.  The area behind the station, shown in the first picture below, is transforming from a small light rail/train station, into a much larger and complex transportation hub for the entire metro area, weaving together local, regional, and express bus lines, with light rail and passenger rail including a train to DIA.  In addition, there will be two new wing buildings on ether side of Union Station along with a redesigned public space, all of which fills the area that was once surface level parking.

The main building of Union Station itself will also start to transform later this spring.  The majority of it turning into a boutique hotel on the second and third floors with restaurants and retail on the ground floor.  The main hall will continue to be public space serving the commuters.  See the Denver Post article about the decision here.  While this seems like a good idea for keeping this space well maintained and very active, it means that we’ll be forced to change our office location after all these years.  There’s no firm plans on our new location yet, but as architects, we look forward to the opportunity to design a new space to house our studio and prepare for the future.  Pictures of our current office are below.