Boulder/Denver Architects Arch11 Add Susan Massey and Linnaea Stuart • April 18th, 2016

New hires’ diverse backgrounds include Rural Studio, a Fulbright, Adjaye and Harvard

Boulder/Denver Architects Arch11 Add Susan Massey and Linnaea Stuart

Susan Massey and Linnaea Stuart have joined Arch11.

Denver, Colorado – April 18, 2016 – Susan Massey and Linnaea Stuart recently joined the offices of Boulder and Denver-based architecture firm Arch11, announced Arch11 Principal E.J. Meade. With educational backgrounds including a Fulbright and Harvard, and project experience ranging from the Rural Studio’s $20,000 House to the Whitney Museum, these two new staff members have in spades the kind of diverse backgrounds award-winning Arch 11 seeks in its designers, incorporating hands-on creativity, proven knowledge of sustainable practices and ongoing education and leadership experience.

A LEED Accredited Professional, Susan Massey has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a dual Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Architecture History/Theory from University of Michigan. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Massey practiced for seven years in the Washington, DC, office of a global architecture firm and during that time received her LEED AP qualification and spent her weekends as a docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. A native Mississippian, Susan returned to the South where she joined Auburn University’s design-build Rural Studio and was tasked with designing and building the “$20,000 House” – a project that Fast Company magazine credits with “changing the entire housing system – from mortgages to zoning laws” – through its innovative design. The project was subsequently published in Architect magazine.

Following graduate school Massey became a Fulbright Scholar to Australia. There she researched environmentally sustainable housing policies and practiced for 12 months before spending the next several years at RMIT University in Melbourne teaching design studios, theory, communications and construction in both the Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs. Massey is based in Arch11’s Boulder office and is currently working on a major renovation of a lakeside cottage to enhance its views and reduce its energy footprint to Net Zero. Her responsibilities also include the conversion of a commercial property in downtown Boulder into a duplex along with new workplace interiors for Soma Logic. Outside the office, Susan enjoys leisurely Saturday mornings with her family at the farmer’s market and playground hopping with her soon to be three-year-old son. “In the few quiet moments I get to myself,” she adds “I’m starting to construct an outline for a screenplay that has been stewing in my head for a few months.”


A licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional with a Master of Architecture II from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Linnaea Stuart recently joined Arch11 after moving to Colorado from Boston, Massachusetts. Her prior experiences include both design and construction collaborations with the renowned architecture offices of Renzo Piano Building Workshop and David Adjaye Associates where she worked on such cultural landmarks as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African American Art in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Princeton University Theological Seminary Library in Princeton, New Jersey – all of which fueled her passion for evolving great ideas into built reality through “thoughtful team collaboration, attention to detail, and creative problem solving.” She has also served extensively as a lecturer, design studio instructor and critic.

Stuart’s recent projects in Arch11’s Denver office include a 13,000-square-foot home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, that will feature the homeowners’ collection of modern art. At the other end of the spectrum, Stuart is also involved in the design of the “Bluff house,” an efficient modern home for a young couple in Boulder. “The home will be integrated into a sloping hill and also provide expansive views of the Flatirons and bustling university town,” she says. In her free time, Stuart enjoys spending time with family and exploring new hikes, bike rides and ski trails. Keenly aware that Colorado is a land-locked state, she is in pursuit of “the next great sushi place.”

“We are pleased to welcome these high-powered new additions to our team,” says Meade. “Susan and Linnaea bring with them a wealth of talent based on solid experience and intellectual rigor, combined with the type of hands-on building background and commitment to sustainable practices that will make them a good fit for our firm.”

Founded in 1993, Arch11 has gained recognition for projects ranging from exceptional residences to institutional planning, mixed-use development and product design, including a 2009 Firm of the Year Award from the Colorado AIA North chapter. With offices in Boulder and Denver, Colo., Arch11 has over 30 combined years of green building technology leadership. The staff’s unusual level of hands-on experience ranges from boat building to furniture making, contributing to its reputation for commitment to craft, detailing and design integrity. For additional information visit www.arch11.com.

Media Contacts: Sarah Goldblatt, WordenGroup Public Relations, sarah@wordenpr.com, 303.777.7667; E.J. Meade, Arch11, ejmeade@arch11.com, 303.546.6868

Hip New Restaurant Designs from Arch11 Create Diner-Focused Experience • December 15th, 2015

Award-winning Colorado architecture firm serves up fresh artisanal approach in Denver

Hip New Restaurant Designs from Arch11 Create Diner-Focused Experience

Recently opened Blue Island Oyster Bar in Cherry Creek North (left; photo by Adam Larkey) and soon-to-open Brider rotisserie restaurant in Central Platte Valley (right; rendering courtesy of Arch11) are two examples of Arch11’s growing portfolio of Denver/Boulder restaurant designs.

Denver, Colo. – Dec. 15, 2015 – Award-winning architecture firm Arch11 continues to contribute fresh, contemporary entries to the Denver/Boulder area’s thriving casual dining scene with two recently completed projects and another readying to open this month – plus more in the pipeline. Even as Denver’s booming restaurant business attracts national attention for innovation, Arch11’s restaurant design portfolio—which includes such Denver and Boulder favorites as Jax, Lolas, Bitter Bar and Oak at Fourteenth—continues to grow.

Most recently, Arch11 melded elements of rustic East Coast oyster shacks with Denver’s hip and artisanal dining trends in the tony Cherry Creek neighborhood. The open kitchen design and central shucking counter at Blue Island Oyster Bar highlight the growing desire for experiential dining where customers can see their food prepared. “With baskets of oysters on ice right in front of diners, customers express how intimately connected they are to their food and the story of oysters,” explains Arch11 principal and lead architect on the project Ken Andrews.

Repeat client Concept Restaurants, for whom Arch11 designed Ignite! and Humboldt, decided to bring an authentic oyster bar to the Denver market. Taking cues from well-worn beach-side oyster joints, Arch11 complied, creating a comfortable, communal atmosphere minus the nautical cliché. Blue leather booths and weathered wood floors and wall paneling provide a coastal patina, an enlarged NOAA map of the Great South Bay of Long Island indicates oyster origins and oar-like elements are suspended over the bar. The handcrafted nature of the space reflects Arch11’s dedication to finely articulated ideas realized in 3D, Andrews notes—and the roundup of careful detail earned Blue Oyster a top-five ranking on Eater Denver’s “stone-cold stunner” list of 2015 restaurant designs.

Arch11 also helped design recently opened Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Located in the Prospect Park area near Coors Field where industrial loft conversions and high-density new-builds dominate, the collaboration with a team assembled by the Tavern Hospitality Group envisioned “a timeless bar atmosphere that would be the social hub of the neighborhood,” explains Andrews. The restaurant’s earthy palette of concrete, steel, and wood―highlighted with warm washes of soft golden light―sets a sociable tone with a splash of sophistication. And at 3,200 sq. ft., the 1930s former bag factory offers an intimate drinking and dining experience (with spacious rooftop deck) that distinguishes it from the city’s ever-popular expansive craft beer halls.

In the up-and-coming category, Chef Steven Redzikowski (Eater Denver’s Chef of the Year) and beverage director Bryan Dayton—the successful partners behind award-winning Oak at Fourteenth—have once again enlisted Arch11 to create their soon-to-open fast-casual rotisserie restaurant, Brider (named for the French word for “tying,” a technique championed by the likes of Julia Child for optimal roasting results), set to open in the newly minted five-story Nichols Building in the Central Platte Valley.

“The space didn’t have a history or patina of its own, so we had to create it,” says Andrews.  Settling on a timeless “old world” kitchen feel, Andrew’s team applied a palette of classic materials to the interiors, including re-purposed oak, Carrara marble, chalkboard menus and steel to convey warmth and familiarity. A layering of textures, geometric wall planes and custom built-ins, along with “bright green flashes” of color and Knoll furnishings mingle the old-soul feel with the clean modernist lines.

Additional new restaurant projects coming from Arch11 include a design for Sazza Pizza in the Stanley Marketplace―one of six restaurants selected to fill a spot in the 140,000-square-foot repurposed Stanley Aviation building at the edge of Stapleton that will feature about 50 independent local businesses.

Founded in 1993, Arch11 has gained recognition for projects ranging from exceptional residences to institutional planning, mixed-use development and product design, including a 2009 Firm of the Year Award from the Colorado AIA North chapter.  With offices in Boulder and Denver, Colo., Arch11 has over 30 combined years of green building technology leadership.  The staff’s unusual level of hands-on experience ranges from boat building to furniture making, contributing to its reputation for commitment to craft, detailing and design integrity.  For additional information visit www.arch11.com.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, darla@wordenpr.com, 303.777.7667

Arch11 Receives AIA Colorado North and Western Mountain Region Awards • November 5th, 2015

Denver, Colo. – October 28, 2015 – Boulder/Denver architecture firm Arch11 received three awards from AIA Colorado at the recent annual AIA Practice and Design Conference in Keystone, Colo. Arch11 received both an AIA Colorado North honor award and an AIA Western Mountain Region honor award for its design collaboration with ZGF Architects on Pearl Izumi’s North American Corporate Headquarters in Louisville, Colo. The project had previously received a World Architecture News award for commercial design in April, as well as a recent Metal Roofing Award from the Metal Construction Association, publisher of Metal Architecture magazine. At the Keystone awards ceremony, Arch11 also received a citation from AIA’s Western Mountain Region chapter for its unbuilt design for park shade pavilions for Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood.

The design for Pearl Izumi’s North American headquarters in Louisville, a collaboration between Arch11 and ZGF Architects, was a demonstration in artfully integrating complex programmatic elements within a new 55,000-square-foot energy-efficient structure. Like its outdoor-loving, athletic customers, Pearl Izumi envisioned an equally high-performing work environment for its employees. The workspace for the AIA award-winning structure features open and transparent offices along with shared amenities that include a fitness room, living room, collaboration spaces, break areas, bike room, locker rooms, a protected courtyard, porches and an outdoor amphitheater.

Pearl Izumi wanted its new building to have “a connection to the outdoors and a conversation about being of the earth,” says Arch11 Principal E.J. Meade. With immediate access to recreation trails and dramatic views of the area’s famed Flatirons, the elongated floor plan is oriented outward so “wherever you are, you have a view to the landscape,” he adds. Paying homage to the site’s agrarian roots, the architects selected a minimal palette of natural weathering steel, concrete, glass, and recycled snow fence for cladding. As a result, the low-slung building appears to organically emerge from the ground plane and follow the gentle topography of the site.

The AIA Colorado jury praised the project as both “thoroughly conceived” and “strikingly elegant and yet provocatively strange in its long, low scissoring form.” They also appreciated how “the weathering steel and reclaimed wood exterior interlace seamlessly with the surrounding meadow landscape.”

Arch11’s award-winning pavilion designs for a park in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood draw inspiration from the agricultural heritage of the Colorado prairie. Taking cues from a landscape once dotted with utilitarian structures such as barns, sheds and silos, each shade pavilion is conceived as a similar, isolated element within the park. The positioning of each pavilion’s colorful and angled canopy will allow light to filter through the supporting structure and also create passive rainwater collection points. Each pavilion is designed to be site-specific while creating a family of related structures across the park landscape.

AIA jury members admired Arch11’s pavilion designs for their “exploration into a minimal lexicon of structural and perceptual operations that would succeed in changing the landscape if built.”

Award-winning Boulder/Denver Architecture Firm Arch11 Turns 21 • October 5th, 2015

Colorado firm celebrates innovative, experiential approach, contributions to place-making

Award-winning Boulder/Denver Architecture Firm Arch11 Turns 21

Transparent yet private, the Arch11-designed Dihedral Residence (left) is moored to its Boulder neighborhood with site-cast board-formed concrete walls that also provide thermal mass. Clad with natural weathering steel, the award-winning headquarters of Pearl Izumi (right) appears to organically emerge from its site. Photo Credit: Raul Garcia

Denver, Colo. – October 5, 2015 – No business plan, no money, only a deep-seated sensibility for architecture and the craft of building sustained Arch11 through its formative years. Now, as the thriving, 16-person Colorado-based architecture firm celebrates its 21st anniversary, principal and founder E.J. Meade reflects back to the days when he and founding partner James Trewitt, both fresh out of architecture school, worked out of a tiny two-bedroom apartment in Boulder, Colo. “We were so naïve – 1993 was a terrible time to start a practice in the midst of a recession,” says Meade. Yet it was during this time that the young architects received their first house commission which solidified the firm’s raison d’etre.

“The house didn’t get built,” Meade recalls, “yet it all seemed to make sense. We had similar values about crafting things, revealing landscapes, abstracting vernacular language and a common modern sensibility.” They also shared a sense of humor, deriving their new firm’s name from a scene from Rob Reiner’s film Spinal Tap where lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel explains the importance of going to 11: “It’s one more than ten,” he says. The moniker aptly embodied Arch11’s ethos of pushing design beyond perceived limits.

With that shared background in the making of buildings, coupled with the belief that architecture is the result of a thoughtful and iterative process, Arch11 has established a unique practice rooted in craft, technology and purposeful living that has resulted in award-winning heirloom quality residences and highly contextual contributions to the urban fabric in the form of retail, office, mixed-use and restaurant spaces, including the just-opened Blue Island Oyster Bar in Denver’s tony Cherry Creek neighborhood.

Another recent project, Pearl Izumi’s North American Corporate Headquarters in Louisville, Colo., designed by Arch11 in collaboration with Portland-based ZGF Architects, has garnered awards from AIA Denver and Portland, Ore., chapters and AIA Colorado, as well as a prestigious World Architecture News honor. The design demonstrates that Arch11’s belief that architecture can go beyond its purely functional purpose to “become an actual device for seeing and understanding a place” is not some ethereal concept. The composition of form and light creates a sensory relationship to the landscape that richly informs the outdoor technical gear company’s work and lifestyle.

Sue Heilbronner, a venture capitalist and entrepreneur who lives at 303 Canyon– an award-winning Arch11-designed townhome complex that was featured in The New York Times and Sunset – finds her living space similarly transcendent. “On the creative spectrum from 1 to 10, my home is an 11. It goes the distance from the practical to the spiritual,” she explains. “I am in the business of helping people reach their highest potential and this house is an exact example of that for me.”

Arch11’s design approach always entails a rigorous effort to understand the site and client’s program, translating into a high level of specificity for each project. “As a result, sustainable building practices are just inherent in each design,” Meade explains. “It’s not something that’s added, it’s just part of good architecture.” In fact, the firm’s design for a rock climber couple’s residence, known as the Syncline House, received Boulder’s first LEED for Homes Gold distinction.

“Merging function, craft, and performance in our designs while challenging building techniques and materials is essential to our practice,” explains Ken Andrews, who became a firm principal in 2010 and received AIA Colorado’s Young Architect and Instructor of the Year honors in 2011and Mentor of the Year Award from AIA Colorado North in 2013.

Arch11 founder and principal, James Trewitt further emphasizes the firm’s commitment to building performance. “We are always asking ourselves if we are using the most appropriate technologies and rethinking the relationship between structure and building envelope.” While the firm finds grounding in the principles of Modernism and has more than come of age in its 21 years of growth and development, it still is constantly looking for innovative ways to experience “aha” moments and take architecture to the next level.

Founded in 1993, Arch11 has gained recognition for projects ranging from exceptional residences to institutional planning, mixed-use development and product design, including a 2009 Firm of the Year Award from the Colorado AIA North chapter. With offices in Boulder and Denver, Colo., Arch11 has over 30 combined years of green building technology leadership. The staff’s unusual level of hands-on experience ranges from boat building to furniture making, contributing to its reputation for commitment to craft, detailing and design integrity. For additional information visit www.arch11.com.
Media Contacts: Sarah Goldblatt, WordenGroup Public Relations, sarah@wordenpr.com, 303.777.7667; E.J. Meade, Arch11, ejmeade@arch11.com, 303.546.6868

Arch11 Fall Internship Program • July 15th, 2015

Award winning firm with offices in Boulder and Denver, CO seeks highly motivated intern(s) to join our firm for the fall semester. Arch11 is a small practice with offices in Denver and Boulder that values collaboration and the ability to realize a strong idea. The studio seeks provocative, innovative solutions to a wide range of scales and building types.

We are looking for exceptional candidate(s) with strong design skills who are well organized, detail-oriented, and relentlessly critical. Applicants must possess articulate technical, graphic and oral communication skills, be self-motivated and play well with others. The office size demands that candidates must be as enthusiastic about the small everyday tasks as they would be about the more nuanced and challenging design duties that they will be assigned. The position is paid and 18-24 hours per week. Fluency in Revit, Adobe Creative Suite and Rhino with rendering skills are required, capability to build flawless models a plus.

Interns accepted into our program will be exposed to the workings of the office, engaged in a wide array of activities that support the operation of the firm ranging from new business development, design, construction documentation, construction administration and office administration as needed throughout the semester. It is highly preferable that interns be capable of working in either the Boulder or Denver office as required based on projects and work load of the firm. It is expected that intern(s) share their academic work and engage in a dialogue within office. Interns that are still enrolled in the university will have regular access to the three principals of the firm and staff for critique of their academic work and at least twice during the semester an office pinup of work for Arch11 studio review will be coordinated.

Application requirements for this internship program are a PDF organized as follows:
• Articulate, one page introduction letter addressing why you want to intern with Arch11 and how you see the experience benefiting you,
• Concise, well-organized resume,
• Portfolio of clear images showing evidence of production, design and graphic skills. Images should be annotated to accurately describe your role in the projects shown,

Application deadline is August 24, 2015 and shortlisted applicants will be notified for interviews by August 31, 2015 with the position starting on September 7, 2015 and going through the end of December 2015.

Submit completed applications to INTERNSHIP@ARCH11.COM no later than 6:00 PM on August 24, 2015.

Arch11 Designs “Next Generation” Appliance Showroom for Roth Living • June 18th, 2015

Denver, Colo. – June 18, 2015 – Just four-miles south of downtown Kansas City, Mo., in the historic Country Club Plaza, the new Arch11-designed 5,750-square-foot Roth Living showroom invites high-end kitchen appliance consumers to get comfortable with their selections before making an investment. As the official supplier of Sub-Zero, Wolf, Asko and Best Hoods brands in 14 states, Roth has fine-tuned the process of exploring the design, performance and features of appliances. Now, the Denver-based company is rolling out a new “next generation” showroom, partnering with Denver and Boulder architecture firm Arch11 to create a new architecturally-driven, consumer-centric shopping experience.

To realize that elevated experience in the Kansas City marketplace, Roth turned to Arch11, which it saw as an ideal fit for the architecture firm’s combined deep portfolio of hip restaurant designs like OAK at Fourteenth, Humboldt and Ignite! and award-winning heirloom homes throughout Colorado.

“Our showroom space is an important element in sparking our customers’ imagination,” remarks Denise Manu, vice president of marketing for Roth Distributing. “Our goal for the showroom was to create an environment that integrated upscale modern kitchens that would speak to different personas,” she continues. “We also wanted to establish a common design language that would enhance the overall flow and provide a clear layout to guide consumers in their journey through the showroom.”

Known for its ability to creatively repurpose buildings, Arch11 skillfully reconfigured Roth’s 1930s all-concrete showroom space into a lively, loft-like environment. To better communicate the company’s vast product line and showcase different ways of living, Arch11 designed a series of kitchen vignettes with varying scale and appliance applications. With names like Urban Living, Home Chef, and Active Family, Roth hopes that consumers will identify with elements within the kitchen configurations. A linear display of appliances also allows customers to compare product features side by side.
In addition to the kitchens and appliance displays, Arch11 designed a wine bar, coffee bar and interactive gourmet demonstration kitchen that features a 21-foot-long, solid-surface island. The space can seat up to 20 people and can expand and contract with a retractable glass panel wall that provides clear views into the space and also serves to separate the demo kitchen from the adjacent showroom and glass-enclosed conference space.

To further help Roth customers feel at home, Arch11 helped the company launch digital technology into the showroom. “The new digital strategy called Muse Studio allows consumers to come in and look at every variation of an appliance on an iPad or mobile phone,” explains Manu. Arch11 first helped Roth customize the web-based program to interface with designers and then integrated the digital experience into the space. Upon entering the showroom, customers can start creating their project at the Muse Studio table and then visualize their ideas―full size―on a 16’ x 9’ video wall. “While it feels high-tech,” says Arch11 project designer Claire Jordan, “it’s balanced with the tactile experience of being able to see and touch the appliances within the kitchen vignettes.”

Arch11’s design for Roth Living’s Kansas City showroom optimizes customer experience while allowing product displays to take center stage for a refreshing – and appropriately consumer-oriented – departure from a typical appliance showroom.

Award-winning Boulder/Denver Architecture Firm Arch11 Hires Four • May 7th, 2015

Denver, Colorado – May 7, 2015 – Mat Brundage, Anna Huey, Brett Fast and Kate Swasey recently joined the offices of Boulder and Denver-based architecture firm Arch11, announced Arch11 Principal E.J. Meade. The four new staff members have the kind of diverse backgrounds that incorporate the combination of hands-on creativity, proven knowledge of sustainable practices, and ongoing education and leadership experience that the award-winning firm looks for in its designers.

Mat Brundage, a LEED Accredited Professional, has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. An intern architect at Arch11 while he finished his degree, Brundage experienced a broad range of project responsibilities including developing presentation materials and Revit models. His current work includes residential site-planning, the remodel of the firm’s Boulder office and the design for a coffee shop within a historic building. Prior to receiving his architecture degree, he earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he spent a term at the University of New South Wales in Australia studying sustainable design.

A LEED Green Associate with dual Masters Degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver, Kate Swasey joined Arch11 from Denver-based Civitas, where she specialized in landscape architecture and urban design. Her extensive travel and international studies fueled Swasey’s ongoing interest in the intersection of buildings and landscapes. Her recent projects in Arch11’s Denver office include the design for a new home in Boulder. She is currently preparing for her LEED accredited professional (AP) designation and also enjoys fabricating jewelry in her metalsmith studio and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. She is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Brett Fast received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining Arch11, Fast worked as an intern at Landmark Architects in Hutchinson, Kan. where he was exposed to the design process and helped produce construction documents. His current work in Arch11’s Denver office includes modeling on-the-boards residential projects and designing and producing fabrication drawings for custom displays in the firm’s commercial projects. Outside of the office he enjoys graphic design and recently enrolled in an improv class, which he says “helps me think on my feet and find opportunities that may not be immediately recognizable.”

A recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver with a Masters of Architecture degree, Anna Huey participated in the university’s nationally recognized Design Build program where she designed and constructed an 800-square-foot home in Bluff, Utah for a Navajo couple. Her recent projects in Arch11’s Denver office include the design development of a “house as ecosystem” concept for a new home in Boulder and a remodel and addition to a Denver residence. She is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is currently taking her Architecture Registration Exams. In her free time she enjoys building furniture, practicing yoga and spending time outdoors hiking and snowboarding.

“We are pleased to have these dynamic new additions to our staff,” says Meade. “Their varied backgrounds, including technical and graphic expertise, landscape design, hands-on building and commitment to sustainable practices make them all a good fit for our firm.”

Denver/Boulder Firm Arch11 Receives World Architecture News Prize • April 22nd, 2015

Denver, Colorado – April 22, 2015 – Boulder/Denver architecture firm Arch11 has won the prestigious international World Architecture News (WAN) Commercial Award for its design collaboration with Portland-based ZGF Architects on Pearl Izumi’s North American Corporate Headquarters in Louisville, Colo. For the jury, the design stood out in a category filled with a “huge range of fantastic projects,” including office, retail and hotel building types for its singular response to the surrounding rural landscape.

“It is an honor to win an award with this level of international competition,” says Arch11 principal E.J. Meade. “The Boulder area is at the forefront of the new paradigm for workplaces that are sensitive to the lifestyle of employees as well as the needs of the business. It was an exciting challenge to reinforce Pearl Izumi’s approach – including a meaningful connection with the natural environment on multiple levels – through the architecture of the work space itself.”

Like its outdoor-loving, athletic customers, Pearl Izumi envisioned an equally high-performing work environment for its employees to support its longtime goal of developing the world’s “foremost line of technical- performing and quality manufactured sports apparel.” The design of its North American headquarters, was a demonstration in artfully integrating complex programmatic elements within a new 54,000-square-foot energy-efficient structure, including open and transparent offices along with shared amenities that include a fitness room, a living room, collaboration spaces, break areas, bike room, locker rooms, a protected courtyard, porches and an outdoor amphitheater. By limiting vertical separation between spaces the design naturally encourages interdepartmental exchange.
With an emphasis on research and development, prototyping and testing, and committed to the ideal of exercising outdoors – 365 days a year in any condition – Pearl Izumi wanted its building to have “a connection to the outdoors and a conversation about being of the land, not just on it,” says Meade. “The building reconstructs the hillside on which it is sited. With immediate access to recreation trails and dramatic views of the area’s famed Flatiron rock formations, the elongated floor plan is oriented outward so “wherever you are, you have a view to the landscape,” explains Meade.

To pay homage to the site’s agrarian roots, the architects selected a minimal palette of natural weathering steel, concrete, glass and recycled snow fence for cladding, enhancing the low-slung building’s appearance of organically emerging from the ground plane. The international WAN jury praised the project’s “beautiful response to the landscape” and its elegant composition of “rusting cladding against the open fields and mountains.”

Arch11 Serves Up Stylish Approach to Denver’s Newest Whiskey Joint • March 2nd, 2015

Denver, Colorado – March 2, 2015 – Rowdy watering holes crowded Denver’s dusty streets before Prohibition’s lofty ideals took hold in 1916. Until the infamous ban on alcohol was repealed in 1933, legions of entrepreneurs illicitly made and sold homemade booze, smuggling whiskey across state lines. The new Whiskey Tango Foxtrot bar in Denver’s emerging Prospect Park neighborhood, designed by award-winning architecture firm Arch11, offers an ode to that era’s clandestine activities – with a decidedly modern twist for the area’s youthful demographic.
Known for its stylish approach to crafting the new-American drinking and dining experience, including such Denver/ Boulder standards as Jax, Lolas, Oak on Fourteenth, and the Bitter Bar, Arch11 most recently set the stage for the next classic neighborhood bar with the new Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
In an area near Coors Field where industrial loft conversions and high-density new-builds dominate, Arch11 was part of a collaborative team―assembled by the Tavern Hospitality Group―that envisioned “a timeless bar atmosphere that would be the social hub of the neighborhood,” explains Arch11 principal and lead architect on the project Ken Andrews. “This is the place where well made, old-school cocktails are served and people might linger at the bar for hours,” he adds.

If the old-school vibe conjures images of smoke-laden air, sticky vinyl seats and sagging ceiling tiles, think again. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’s earthy palette of concrete, steel, and wood―highlighted with warm washes of soft golden light―sets a sociable tone with a splash of sophistication. And, at 3,200 sq. ft., the 1930s former bag factory offers an intimate drinking and dining experience (and a spacious roof-top deck) that distinguishes it from the ever-popular expansive craft beer halls populating the city.

Up front, overlooking a street-side patio, a long curving peninsula bar welcomes patrons with its richly textured pyramidal concrete surface that modulates under the glow of LEDs concealed under the counter. “We purposely wanted people to sit and discover the details over time,” says Andrews. Above, an undulating stainless steel soffit with a dusky blue patina delineates the bar area and the dining area beyond. The soffit over the front bar does double duty as storage for 90 plus varieties of whiskey. The amber-hued bottles and the muscular Perlick stainless beer taps are the centerpieces of the back bar design.

For the booths and banquettes, covered in a vivid Wedgewood-blue fabric, Arch11 borrowed language from Mies van der Rohe’s iconic 1929 Barcelona chair by adding button tufting at the seat back cushions. Minimal, yet elegant details like this one elevate the atmosphere beyond the ordinary drinking establishment while introducing a subtle air of nostalgia. Banner Media conceived of the wall-applied photo murals of Denver in the 1930s and ‘40s which add to the narrative. Even the ubiquitous TVs fade into the background with their own graphic display of historic photos and menu items.
A floor-to-ceiling wall comprised of staggered wood slats (a riff on barrel staves) and Edison-style bulbs in exposed socket pendants provide a homey, vintage feel while screening the industrial stair to the upper level open-air bar. Reclaimed oak table tops, comfy stools and a second well-stocked bar welcome rooftop revelers. Strings of bistro lights, hung between steel columns, create a festive party atmosphere.

“My goal was to have an atmosphere that was unique, like Prospect Park, and that spoke to the history of the area. I think they did a great job fulfilling that vision,” says Tavern Hospitality Group owner and CEO Frank Schultz.

Additional new Denver restaurant projects coming from Arch11 in the near future will span the culinary globe, including a Nuevo Mexican taco bar in the space formerly occupied by D Bar and an Oyster/Seafood concept in one of Cherry Creek’s tony new developments. In between these cultured concepts are plans for a juice bar in a repurposed Boulder service station to complement the micro-juice trend.

Arch11 Studio Hiring • February 26th, 2015

Arch11 is seeking to add to our studio team in both the Denver and Boulder locations. We are looking for individuals with strong design skills and who are knowledgeable in building assembly. Ideal candidates are exceptionally organized, with three to five years experience in high-end residential and boutique commercial work. M.Arch or professional degree is required. You need to be flexible enough to negotiate between concept design, drawing production and some project management. You are articulate in speech and graphics. You have an understanding and love of materials and assemblies. You have a strong voice but play well with others.

Please submit your portfolio and cv in pdf form to info@arch11.com

 

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