Larimer Square Revitalization

Denver, CO

Semple Brown provided the master plan and architectural design for the revitalization of Larimer Square Historic District. The master plan was successful at “filling in the gaps” in Larimer Square to create a unified, integrated district that artfully combined layers of history, retail, dining with pedestrian activity – from early morning until late at night. This plan addressed a wide variety of design challenges:[READ MORE]

  • Blending new construction with historic buildings to establish an integrated streetscape. Structures such as the Neverland Building, 1406 Building and ZGallerie maintain the district’s sense of history and improved its functionality.
  • Signage and graphic design were integrated into the overall design process to establish a unified impression and to lend coherence and consistency to the streetscape.
  • Basement level space for entities such as local restaurants were made attractive by moving activity to the street level, this created bright, energetic environments in the lower levels.
  • The block’s circulation patterns were improved with shortcuts through the block. The Kettle Arcade Building provides a passage to the courtyard on the interior of the block, using warm lighting and a ceiling mural to invite pedestrians. The garden-level shopping arcade connecting Larimer Street and the parking garage is activated by shops and an inviting entry.
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