这个委托包括两个独立的委托。第一个是在48英尺宽150英尺深的 “聚会 “场地上开发一栋两层的混合用途建筑。第二个挑战是设计一种新的接待类型：用于娱乐性消费大麻的大麻酒廊。
This commission encompassed two separate commissions. The first one was to develop a two-story mixed-use building on a 48 feet wide by 150 feet deep “party” lot. The second challenge consisted of the design of a new typology of hospitality: a cannabis lounge for the recreational consumption of Marihuana.
The project faces Boulder’s Downtown Historic District, a Landmark area built around 1880 where most of the lots are 25 feet wide with brick party walls. After World War II plenty of these buildings were modernized with metal and precast facade panels.
We identified the most characteristic formal elements of the 1880s: two brick party walls; an upper story with a prominent roof cornice and 4’x8’ vertically proportioned windows; ground floor with large storefront display windows, recessed entrances, display window bulkheads and exposed cast iron columns.
We abstracted these elements to design the facade, applying contemporary materials with a reference to the modular and prefabricated panel systems from the mid-century. Therefore, the upper level is solved with aluminum white crate panels mounted on brackets over a stucco finish, creating a pattern with large 4’x8’ operable windows and folding on the top creating the cornice; the ground floor with 12’ high glass panels, aluminum frames, aluminum cladding, and circular white steel columns.
Since the street level required separate entrances for the three different uses, we proposed two symmetrical recessed entrances on both sides of the facade. The entrance to the hospitality is on the East end and the entrance to the office space is on the West side, with the retail storefront running in between.
As the marihuana hospitality required a space deprived of windows, we placed it on the back area of the ground floor. In order to bring natural light to the space, we conceived a large 16×16 feet skylight flooding the space with light through a gold aluminum crate that impedes direct visual contact between inside and outside. The skylight becomes an open patio with a terrace on the second floor that contributes to organizing the office space. In section, the skylight and the patio work together as an inverted terraced pyramid, bringing natural light uniformly throughout the deep floor plan. Some vegetation sits on the perimeter of the skylight.
The vestibule of the office space is crowned with a white perforated metal staircase suspended from the ceiling with backlit reclaimed wood treads recovered from the original building. The second floor, conceived as an office rental in its entirety, is an open plan with a service bar allocating bathrooms, a kitchenette, and vertical circulation. Through the long-windowed wall and the aluminum crate facade, the office takes advantage of the spectacular Iron flats views.
Architects: MQ Architecture
Area: 20000 ft²
Manufacturers: Arper, Carnegie, Daltile, Maharam, Ohio Gratings
Lead Architects: Miguel Quismondo, Juan Carlos Bragado
Architect of Record: Bray Architecture, Inc.
Structural Engineering: Gebau Structural Engineers
Civil Engineering: Scott Cox & Associates, Inc.
MEP Engineering: Boulder Engineering Company
Lighting Consultant: MAP Design Studio
Design Team: Jacobo Mingorance, Ignacio de Siloniz
Graphic Design: Waterhouse Cifuentes
Country: United States