Although most of the residences wear neotraditional garb in the New Urbanist town of Stapleton, Colo., the former airport site outside of Denver, two multistory housing projects now in the works have a decidedly contemporary edge. First to take shape: Moda Lofts, sited prominently on the fringe of Founders' Green, a public open space. “We're trying to bring a more contemporary urban loft feel to the center of Stapleton,” says Kelly Davis, AIA, principal of OZ Architecture. The curved, four-story building incorporates masses of brick that relate to other parts of the community. “But our colors are more purple or gray/beige, not the orange/red brick common to Denver,” says Davis. Exterior details are streamlined; silver metal panels clad the columns. Units range in size from 840 to 1,250 square feet, with free-flowing plans and floor-to-ceiling glass. Geared toward singles and childless couples, each of the 64 studio and one-bedroom units includes an outdoor deck; parking is underground.
On an adjacent parcel along East 29th Avenue, Woodley Architectural Group has designed Sky Terrace. The project is targeted to buyers “a little more avant garde, a little more cool,” says Michael Woodley, AIA. The two-story units draw their inspiration from the traditional row house type, but their form is abstract and the exterior is rendered graphically in stucco and brick. Each townhouse has expansive windows and a double-height living room with a second-floor balcony inside.
Interior walls intersect at odd angles and stairs flare dramatically away from the rooms, says Woodley. Unique to the project is the fact that each town-house has an outdoor living area with a fireplace, says David Steinke, of Infinity Home Collection, the builder for both Stapleton projects.