Investors who purchased the former Evans School building in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood plan to create restaurants and retail space while opening offices in the upper floors of the historic landmark. City Street Investors renovated Union Station in Denver’s Lower Downtown and see a similar vision for the Evans School building. Dining options, stores and commercial space will be a part of their goals over the next 18 months.
Designed in 1906 by architect David Dryden, the Evans School served several generations of public school students before being shuttered in the 1970s and put up for auction.
My friend Russ owns the existing A-frame on the right and wanted to explore the idea of marrying new construction to the existing house. We talked through his ideas over sandwiches and beers, wandered around the site, and brainstormed some possibilities. I came up with this as a possible configuration, allowing the existing structure to remain as a large master/office and connecting via glass corridor to a new wing positioned to take advantage of the incredible view. This was a fun design exercise and gave me a chance to experiment with some new render techniques.
A prominent new addition to the Norwegian embassy’s Washington D.C. campus, the scheme expands the architectural language of the existing embassy buildings, embracing contemporary design techniques within the context of traditional bureaucratic architecture.
Fentress’ design integrates materials of Norwegian cultural significance as prominent features of the façade. The use of Norwegian spruce timber, Oppdal stone, and patinated copper pay homage to the country’s traditions in shipbuilding and woodworking, as well as their abundance of natural resources.