Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

Aurora, CO [USA]

Location: Aurora CO (USA)

Status: Built

Client: Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

Type: Educational / Cultural

Size: Site – 0.375 acres / Built – 8560 sft (all phases)


‘To grasp the poetics of the place, one has to go meet it’

Our ‘meeting’ began with our decision to move away from the very regional compulsion of a grand view (of the Rocky Mountains), and instead acknowledge the everyday rhythms of this immigrant neighborhood in Aurora CO. The resulting architectural expression was not some metaphoric sense of openness (where everything revealed at once) conveyed through a thin pane of glass, but a careful working with fragments, and the building holding these within itself — making vignettes of an alley, the sky , a telegraph pole, a mural , a lone maple tree. Facades also become containers; outdoor rooms within the larger outdoor of the neighborhood….active during the day, and as we have noticed, occasionally a lit refuge for the neighborhood homeless.

A welcoming architecture, should such extensions be required, in a world where cities are becoming increasingly hostile.

An interview with the architect on designing the DAVA facility :

Architecture: shubhra raje_built environments
Landscape Architecture: Oxbow Design Collaborative, Denver CO
Structural Engineer: Structural Consultants Inc., Denver CO
Civil Engineer: Collins Engineering, Denver CO
Mechanical/ Plumbing Engineer: ME Group, Denver CO (Ph-2) / Envision Mechanics (Ph-1)
Electrical Engineer: ME Group, Denver CO (Ph-2) / Ackerman Engineering (Ph-1)
Contractor: Facilities Contracting Inc., Littleton CO