Riverview at 1700 Platte Street has won a 2019 Mayor’s Design Award. Since 2005, the Mayor’s Design Awards have honored projects throughout the city of Denver for excellence in architecture, exterior design and place-making.
Located on the west bank of the South Platte River along historic Platte Street, Riverview at 1700 Platte weaves together the site’s natural, historic industrial, and urban influences in a mixed-use campus. The building’s architecture addresses both the condition of the river and the historic character of the neighborhood with dual frontages—brick and masonry facing historic Platte Street and a glass curtain wall facing east to reveal stunning natural and urban vistas. Two distinct wings of different character and scale are connected by a central glass link framing a central courtyard.
Throughout the campus, the design vocabulary provides a sense of adventure and discovery that reflects the ways we engage with the natural landscape and activates and enlivens the workplace within. Stepped terraces, pathways, courtyards, stairs and balconies rise from the river’s edge, providing a variety of opportunities to interact with nature. In a first for Denver, the building also incorporates a structurally integrated rain garden storm water quality system visible from the courtyard that eliminates the building’s burden on Platte Street’s limited storm drainage.
This awards program shines a light on work that not only meets the needs of the Denver marketplace, but also adds to the rich and unique visual fabric of the city. These awards are presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative external design and place-making. Mayor Michael B. Hancock handed out the 2019 Mayor’s Design Awards at a ceremony on Thursday, November 7.