An urban retreat
Another addition to the Zeppelin developed Taxi Community in Denver’s RiNo district, the four-story, 110,000 sf Kabin project will add 200 units of residential housing to a developing urban neighborhood and will complement the existing and future mix of office spaces and living spaces along the riverfront.
Led by Dynia Architects, the highly compacted modern design maximizes both built space and natural light. Named after a nordic version of a cabin, the simplistic design focuses on comfort. The lobby and the central core of each unit is clad with cedar to provide warmth, in contrast to the modern finishes of sealed concrete, glass, white tile and white laminate. Each space is outfitted with a garage door to bring the outside in. The studios are 455 sf and the two-bedroom units are 830 sf. The site is a long narrow strip between the RTD Light Rail and the RTD Maintenance garage. The 4-story apartment building is similarly long and skinny with two buildings connected by a central breezeway. The exterior façade has a checkerboard motif, alternating between black stucco and metal wall panels. The first floor units have exterior cedar siding and patios that open up on to a bioswale used for stormwater conveyance and landscaped with native grasses and shrubs. The north end of the building has a large detention area that will double as a green lawn amenity space.
The building’s close proximity to a future light-rail station and planned bicycle/pedestrian connections posed design challenges to meet setback requirements, mitigate noise and achieve daylighting goals; but also create the opportunity for Kabin to be a prime example of high-density, highly-connected affordable urban housing.
Photos by Werk Creative and Adam Larkey (Zeppelin Development)