Denver City Park City Loop | Denver USA | PORT A+U and Indie Architecture

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The proposal for a new 13-acre civic space Denver’s City Park uses a half-mile-long mobility circuit (ideal for walking, running, rolling, riding) to organize a loop of engagement and activity. The vibrantly colored surface of the mobility circuit is paralleled by a kinetic tube that bends, folds, inflates and twists into a variety of programmed spaces, enclosures and frames that draw activity from the mobility circuit and the park beyond.

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The kinetic tube elements create distinct micro-environments within the park and serve as orienting devices along the mobility circuit. This thickened perimeter of movement, activity, planting and social interaction also serves to frame a large, 6-acre central lawn that allows for the kinetic activities of the Loop to informally extend to the interior of the site area.

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The total area of construction proposed for the City Loop project is just over 3 acres, yet the proposal has the capacity to activate not only the larger, 13-acre parcel within which it is sited but also City Park in general, offering a new landmark destination for the city’s residents and visitors.

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The project promotes public health on many levels — physical, social, cultural and environmental — while serving to enhance the physical beauty of the existing park. The varied, flexible and diverse nature of our proposal offers a 21st century view of what a public landscape can be and will allow the City of Denver to establish a new precedent in contemporary civic amenities.

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Denver City Park City Loop | Denver USA | PORT A+U and Indie Architecture

Client: Denver Dept. of Parks and Recreation and Public Works
Lead Design Team: PORT Architecture and Urbanism and Indie Architecture
Design Team: Latitude 39, Studio NYL, JunoWorks, Loren Landow and Site Masters Inc.
PORT Team: Christopher Marcinkoski, Andrew Moddrell, Brandon Biederman, Bradford Goetz,
Maren Allen, Kyle Reynolds, Jeff Mikolajewski
Size: 13 Acres
Budget: $5,000,000
Re-Imagine Play RFQ, Concept Design Phases 1 and 2: April-August 2012
Design Development, Public Engagement: January-September 2013