Architect: tres birds workshop
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA | View Map
Project Year: 2018
S*Park is an eco-friendly urban agrihood community development on an entire city block in Denver, Colorado. An incubator for sustainable living, it maximizes the use of sunlight and green spaces, provides density and variety in living spaces and savings on energy bills.
The overarching concept was to remove the car from the site (moving parking underground) and allow a space for urban farming, a shared communal park space, and a planted storm water retention system among the residential buildings. The goal was to create outdoor space that would serve both community and ecological functions. Sunlight was a driving force in the master planning of the S*Park site. The sun’s interaction with the site motivated the decision to open the south end of the block to urban farming and an outdoor green space that can be inhabited year-round. Adjacent to the ground level urban garden is a 7,000 sq.-ft.
second-story greenhouse, which
captures enough natural light to grow microgreens without the use of artificial grow lights. This low energy, high tech glass building has a strong presence that anchors the corner of the site.
At S*Park, everything but heating and the shared outdoor grills are run on electricity, designed with the forethought that Colorado will be moving toward renewable solar and wind energy sources. A 200-kwh rooftop photovoltaic array offsets the site’s energy use. The project utilizes high-efficiency LED lighting inside and out, high performing low-E windows, and advanced insulation levels of R-38 for roofs and R-20 for walls. Lastly the nature of multi-family residential spaces is that shared walls results in less building envelope which translates to less cooling and heating loss.
An S*Park unit uses approximately 1/3 of the energy to operate compared to a comparable unit in a new multi-family apartment building.
S*Park的大部分砖都是从门多萨砖厂（Mendoza Brickyard）回收的，门多萨砖厂是丹佛的一家拆迁公司，负责从整个城市被拆毁的建筑中回收材料。砖的各种图案和用途创造了趣味性和质感，并支持特定的功能。在阳台和室外楼梯上，战略性地省略了砖块，使光线得以通过，并提供了一个视野。地面立面上的旋转砖鼓励绿色植物攀爬。砖墙和玻璃砖墙系统包裹着日本餐厅Uchi的南立面，是一个全新的墙面系统，在Tres Birds shop设计和工程。墙壁系统在空间内外创造了私密性和视觉趣味，让阳光透过玻璃砖玩几何游戏。
Much of the brick at S*Park is reclaimed from Mendoza Brickyard, the Denver-based demolition company that salvages material from buildings torn down throughout the city. The various patterns and uses of brick create interest and texture, as well as supporting specific functions. Strategically omitted bricks at balconies and outdoor stairs allow light to pass through as well as offering a view out. Turned bricks on the ground level facades encourage greenery to climb. The brick and glass brick wall system that wraps the southern façade of the Japanese restaurant, Uchi, is a completely new wall system designed and engineered in the Tres Birds shop. The wall system creates both privacy and visual interest inside and out of the space, and lets sunlight play geometric games through the glass bricks.
Tres Birds has played a unique role in the development of S* Park, acting as master planner, architect, and interior designer for the entire scope of the project, as well as general contractor for Uchi and the “art in the park” swing and birdhouse installations. Tres Birds has called North Denver home since 2008, and has spent that time reclaiming fallow projects, adding value to once derelict buildings, and reactivating the neighborhood.
Material Used :
1. Berridge metal
2. Carlisle Coatings and Waterproofing
3. Andersen Windows