Denver Housing Authority
  • Residential

42,000 SF

The Butterfly Effect

Mariposa VII represents the culmination of a two-decade urban revitalization effort. It provides 45 affordable apartments and four townhomes in a multi-generational living environment, fostering wellness and community interaction. At the urban scale, the building creates a memorable silhouette at both the sky and grade as a new landmark at the neighborhood transit stop.

Connection to the District

The Mariposa District is a quilting of new and old, bordering the Santa Fe Arts District, the University of Colorado Denver’s downtown campus, Denver’s Central Business District, RTD’s Light Rail and the existing south Lincoln neighborhood. The design leverages the urban condition; the building plan and color-infused details provide an energetic contributor to an important center-city neighborhood. Featuring gardens, a play area, and accessible transit on the ground floor, residents are encouraged to engage with neighbors and the surrounding community.

Upholding DHA’s commitment to environmental responsibility, the building design employs both active and passive sustainability strategies, including solar shading, a photovoltaic rooftop array, and geo-thermal systems.

Mariposa is Spanish for Butterfly

Vibrant color-infused details inject life into the bustling center-city neighborhood, adding energy and vibrancy. Perforated sunscreens and intricately water-jet cut cladding on the exterior stairwell provide artistic touches, elevating the building’s overall aesthetic.

Connection to District

With frontages on two streets and a new pedestrian way, the building integrates seamlessly into its urban surroundings, promoting connectivity to the nearby light rail station.

Colors of the Neighborhood

The architecture embodies the spirit of the neighborhood. It is a colorful, optimistic assemblage of materials.

Mountain Views

A community space and outdoor deck is located on the 7th floor taking advantage of the locale’s mountain views.

Transparent Lobby

Clean, modern, and energetic interiors welcome residents into daylight filled lobby.

Ground Floor

At the micro scale, the residents will connect with the surrounding community through a large covered porch on the ground floor.