At OZ, we love any chance to design in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood as it’s our own backyard. One of our latest projects rolls mixed use, residential and adaptive reuse into one project known as Micro Micro, a new micro-design project by Detroit Land Company.
Located at 3034 Larimer, this project consists of adaptive reuse and restoration of two existing but long-vacant structures, a late 19th century home and an early 20th century warehouse, that will be converted into retail and restaurant space ideally complimenting the already-thriving RiNo neighborhood. Additionally, new urban infill construction will bring 28 market rate condominiums to vacant lots adjacent to the existing structures.
In a time when so many condos are built from the ground up, the framework of a late 1800s Victorian home brings interesting and historical references to this project. OZ’s design team, including Rebecca Stone, Robert Fitzgerald, and Daniel Flora took cues from this architectural style while reinterpreting it with a contemporary vision, which includes a bridge over the existing warehouse space that connects the two new bookend condo buildings.
Another interesting feature of each condo involves the use of mezzanines to capitalize on square footage. Each unit has a minimum 15-foot floor to ceiling height, which creates a spacious effect in spite of their super-efficient, “micro” floorplan. All upper-level units will also include a spiral stair to private garden rooftops, offering stunning views of the Rocky Mountains to the west and central Denver to the south. The adaptive reuse project provides one-of-a-kind small scale, authentic urban living space in the RiNo Art District.
We at OZ Architecture are proud to have preserved a bit of Denver history while bringing efficient, modern living to our own vibrant neighborhood.