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One River North, A MAD Architect Design, Will Possibly Change The Denver Skyline


Denver, Colorado – You might have seen this mind blowing building trolling you on some social post somewhere… MAD Architects released renderings in the past weeks and months prior with details of its newest U.S. project — One River North — a groundbreaking biophilic-designed residential building in Denver’s vibrant RiNo neighborhood.

The project, which will be located at 3930 Blake Street and is expected to be completed in 2024. One River North, located at the intersection of 40th and Blake Streets on the northeast edge of RiNo and close to the 38th and Blake light rail station, is the first of a new wave of taller buildings that are defining a bold new vision for Denver’s art-influenced RiNo district.

The Max Collaborative, Uplands Real Estate Partners, and Wynne Yasmer Real Estate are the project’s principal developers, along with other partners. Davis Partnership Architects, based in Denver, is working in collaboration with MAD Architects and serving as the executive architect on the project.

Drawing inspiration from the diverse Colorado landscape to evoke the sensation of climbing mountainous terrain it includes 187 for-lease residences. The 16-story building will include 13,352 square feet of open-air amenity environments, which will include rippling water elements and a landscaped, trail-like walkway that will traverse the building’s four floors. Additionally, a 6,813-square-foot rooftop terrace with a pool, spa, and garden, all of which will be framed by dramatic Rocky Mountain views, will seamlessly blend the natural beauty of the home with the landscape just beyond the building.

The structure’s most striking feature is a 10-story landscaped rift that defines its exterior. It evokes the experience of ascending from the foothills to the trail and canyon, and finally reaching the alpine plateau. This one-of-a-kind experience broadens residents’ perspectives and integrates nature into the urban environment.

Throughout the project, Saunders Construction will serve as the general contractor.

The structure will feature a carved-out, 4-story core, resembling a slot canyon, comprising over 13,000 square feet of water elements and landscaping. The 343,000-square-foot building will also include the following:

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  • Three levels of underground parking
  • 16 stories above grade
  • 187 residential units
  • 9,000 square feet of retail space
  • Post-tensioned concrete
  • Pool and waterfall
  • Rooftop and open spaces

Saunders’ construction operations team was heavily involved in the pre-construction and pre-planning phases of the construction project. Saunders has been seen on many other downtown Denver projects, the team is expected to perform de-watering operations while excavating the site for underground parking, as has been seen on many other downtown Denver projects.

According to the Saunders website construction on the residential space was have expected to begin in mid-2021 and be completed by late 2023, according to the schedule. We were not able to confirm construction has begun yet at the time this article was written. The project does have pending documents within the Major Projects listing with an active project number and a current status of pending further information.

This is not the first time the project’s developers have reimagined landscapes in Denver. Following the sale of their previous company, Forest City Enterprises, members of the Ratner family formed two new companies: The Max Collaborative and Uplands Real Estate Partners. Known as pioneers in large-scale, mixed-use, public-private real estate development, the Ratners were responsible for Denver’s iconic Stapleton International Airport redevelopment, now known as Central Park, which was transformed into one of the country’s largest and most successful mixed-use projects, with 12,000 residences, more than 2.5 million square feet of retail space, 400,000 square feet of office space, and more than 1,000 acres of parks and open space.

The team also oversaw other landmark developments from coast to coast, including The Yards, a 42-acre redevelopment mixed-use community in Washington, DC, and the forthcoming Pier 70 mixed-use development in San Francisco, both of which are currently under construction. Members of the development team include representatives from Zakhem Real Estate Group.

MAD Architects, founded in 2004, is a global design studio that creates immersive environments that connect visitors to nature while emphasizing their emotional response to the environment. Three MAD projects have broken ground in the United States so far, with One River North the third to do so. The other two are the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, which is currently under construction, and Gardenhouse, which will open in Los Angeles in 2020.

We will keep an eye out….



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