METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER HOTEL & HOSPITALITY LEARNING CENTER
Situated on an irregular site at the downtown edge of campus , the building creates a modern expression through the playful composition of glass curtain wall and brick masonry. The glazing, evoking movement and energy, contrasts the permanence and static qualities of the brick. The contrast of glass highlights the public areas and unique programmatic elements of the project. The movement of a chef's slicing knife derived the random nature of the mullion pattern. Each 'slice' is similar but never the exact size of its predecessor. A linear glass volume, void of pattern, is elevated to the second level and holds a unique site specific angle as it stitches the project programs together creating a bridge. This structure houses the conference center and student lounge as well as highlights the entrances to the internal court and academic program.
This unorthodox combination of a commercial hotel and academic programs are integrated into a single, award winning building supporting the campus with a public amenity and helping further the mission of the school by providing students hands on learning with real world experience.
Project completed as Project Designer at RNL.