Drive at TAXI
Winner of the ENR Mountain States 2013 Best Projects award in the "Small Project (Under $10 Million)" category and named Westword’s Best of Denver 2013 “Best New Office Building,” Drive is the latest addition to the TAXI mixed-use development in Denver’s River North (RiNo) district, former site of the Yellow Cab headquarters. Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture served as architect of record and Stephen Dynia Architects was the design architect of the four-story, 40,000-s.f. project in which built-to-suit office spaces range from 500 to 26,000 s.f. and feature an open layout with minimal interior walls. Drive's largest tenant is Boa Technology, occupying the entire second and third floors.
Drive draws on the raw, industrial architectural cues of its adjacent neighbors, TAXI 1, TAXI 2 and Freight. The building’s exterior skin is composed primarily of black corrugated metal positioned in horizontal and vertical orientations, in addition to sections of CMU with exposed masonry joints and glass blocks scattered throughout to create a pattern of light entering through the façade. The transparency theme is carried into the building interior, where skylights and glass floors spanning from top to bottom allow natural light to penetrate the building’s core. In addition, 52 operable glass “garage doors” wash the interior space with natural daylight, provide 360-degree views to the exterior, and allow outdoor air to flow through the workspaces.
The main lobby is shared by a chic coffee kiosk and sandwich shop. The main central and cross corridors on all floors take advantage of views to the north and south. Construction of Drive was completed in a mere seven months, with doors opening in October 2012.
Project at a Glance
Stephen Dynia Architects
- 2013 Mayor's Design Award, City and County of Denver
- 2013 Best Project, "Small Project (Under $10 Million)," ENR Mountain States
- 2013 Citation Award for Built Architecture, AIA Denver
- Best of Denver 2013 Best New Office Building, Westword