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In the heart of downtown Denver, a new building unmatched in design and sustainability goals is created by Studio Gang with Fowler Design as the interior architect of record.

"Opening itself to the city and to the Rocky Mountains beyond, Populus is designed to become an energetic new social center in downtown Denver. Located on a prominent corner site, the building greets the neighborhood equally on all three sides, welcoming visitors and residents and connecting Denver’s civic, arts, and commercial districts.

The texture and rhythm of its sculptural façade is strongly tied to the building’s hotel function. Each vertical scallop is the width of a guest room, and its windows change in size in response to the character of the building’s public and private spaces.

Upon entering their rooms, hotel guests are greeted with immersive views of the nearby State Capitol and Civic Center Park and the mountains beyond through the generous windows. In some rooms, the windows also become occupiable, transforming into seating that brings guests closer to the outdoors. The distinctive window shapes are informed by studying the characteristic patterns found on Aspen trees (Populus tremuloides). As the trees grow, they shed their lower branches, leaving behind dark, eye-shaped marks on the papery bark of their trunks."

Populus

DENVER, CO
2023
HOTEL
PROJECT FEATURES
INTERIOR ARCHITECT OF RECORD

138,530 SQ FT

265 Hotel Rooms

Targeting LEED Gold

Moodboard

OLD WORLD
WARM TONES

WOODEN

Materials

REFINNING MATERIALITY

honing in on texture that allows play on light and form

Process

The interior design concepts begin with distilling the design elements of the architecture. Further distilling ideas from the facade that speak to the aspen trees of colorado, the forest and the trees, the interior spaces enhance these ideas and breaks down these ideas from the building scale to the human level. 
With inspiration drawn from the breathtaking landscapes that surround us, crafting an interior design that showcases the colors, textures, and tranquility of Colorado's natural beauty. The interiors are an immersive experience borrowing from the hues of the landscape, the warmth of the high desert, and the vibrancy of our alpine meadows.

OUR VISION

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DETAILS

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