Construction is set to begin on One River North, the ‘cracked’ residential tower, in Denver, Colorado. The project is a 66-meter-tall apartment building with 187 units and 1,200 square meters of green space, featuring a landscaped promenade that snakes through four floors and a rooftop terrace with a pool, spa, and garden created by Beijing-based MAD Architects. One River North will have 7,995 square feet of retail space on the main floor. The Max Collaborative, Uplands Real Estate Partners, and Wynne Yasmer Real Estate are the project’s primary developers.
Details on One River North Denver
The “crack” in the 10-story façade is inspired by Colorado’s different biomes and evokes the experience of rising from the foothills to the trail and canyon, and finally to the alpine plateau. This one-of-a-kind experience broadens residents’ perspectives and integrates nature into the urban scene. The ninth story will be home to a fitness facility and yoga studio, as well as access to the outdoor terraces. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies will be available in one, two, and three-bedroom homes. The largely residential structure will also have 7,995 square feet (743 square meters) of shop space and 178 underground parking spots. It is set to be complete towards the end of next year
The Max Collaborative’s co-founder, Kevin Ratner, stated that the goal was to build a model that “shows how we should be immersing ourselves in the natural environment, bringing nature into our homes, and providing true, biophilic experiences paired with modern comforts and conveniences.” MAD Architects’ nature-inspired design was inspired by Colorado’s iconic landforms and combines nature and architecture to create a well-balanced living. Its glass façade is also ribbed with louvers, which control sunlight and diminish its visual presence, forming a tranquil sanctuary in the sky.”
“If we consider modern cities to be man-made landscapes on the planet, we need to construct canyons, woodlands, rivers, and waterfalls, transforming concrete forests into second nature,” stated Ma Yansong, founder and principal of MAD.