The Red House

The Red House

Architect
Olson Kundig
Location
Denver, Colorado, USA | View Map
Project Year
1998
Category
Private Houses
Bruce Van Inwegen

The Red House

Olson Kundig as Architects

This three-story house and courtyard occupy a mid-block lot in Denver's LoDo Historic District. The art collector clients moved from the suburbs out of a commitment to urban living and to create a venue for sharing their art with the community. The Red House provides a range of appropriate settings for the display of significant historic artworks side-by-side with modern art, creating a building that is at once a museum, a home, and a response to urban context.

 

The building's massing, articulation, and use of traditional red sandstone relate it to the historic district formally and materially without mimicry. The clients‘ allegiance to art and urbanism further guided the design. In plan and elevation, the Red House emulates the ordered city grid and its use of solids and voids. The program is organized by levels: first floor as public gallery (museum); second floor as private living (nest); and the third floor as the spiritual space (sanctuary).The result is a contemporary urban building that blends both living and museum programs into a contextually sensitive design.

 

Material Used :
1. Facade – Precast concrete, stucco and Indian sandstone
2. Bronze entry door – Custom by Olson Kundig
3. Flooring – Black granite, travertine
4. Table and chairs – Custom by Olson Kundig
5. Holly Hunt – Dining chairs, handwoven wool upholstery

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