Economist is an apartment community designed with smart, highly efficient living spaces averaging 320 square feet complemented by an array of unique amenities that unify two buildings as one cohesive structure. The design thoughtfully maximizes every inch of space for optimal storage and daily usage.
The buildings converse with the neighborhood and each other by taking cues from the materiality and playful applications of color found in the surrounding historic homes while maintaining a sense of calm. The walkable separation between buildings features an immersive mural created by a local artist making it an intimate yet vibrant corridor.
Economist has always been driven by an artistic theme. Several artists presented ideas for ways to connect the two buildings through art. Ultimately the selected artists, Detour, chose a hard line abstract mural that features various color palettes across the surface of the building.
The collaboration process was intentional from the beginning. For the mural, several artists proposed and presented different ideas. The selected artist made the building connection playful to offset the dark, simple exterior façade. The interior mural illuminates the building and further enhances the sense of community.
Additionally, there’s a rotating art gallery featuring local artists. The team partnered with a curator in the neighborhood to find artists to collaborate with to truly bring the building to life. Due to Economist’s large windows, pedestrians can view the artwork from the outside. The artists make 100% commission on sales and have made Economist a place for people in the City of Denver to come visit to check out the gallery and mural.
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.