Brad Tomecek, AIA is the founder of Tomecek Studio Architecture and was recently awarded AIA Denver’s Medal of Achievement. You might also recognize the name from the fall issue of Modern In Denver. In it, we profiled the developer of Framework at Sloan’s Lake, a project designed by Tomecek. We caught up with him to learn more about the design of the modern, 28-unit residential project in Denver. Read on to learn about the challenges he faced and of the revival of an urban community.
1. What was your initial vision or goal for Framework?
Being observant of the surrounding neighborhood and being thoughtful about density, we pushed development to the exteriors of the lot to create a high-design, energy-efficient micro community maximizing views and amenity, creating a community within a community.
2. Light and space are very prominent at Framework—two difficult things to achieve in urban townhouses. Explain how your design maximized these important elements.
Given the typical townhome typology, we are forced into units with solid walls on two sides. Maximizing the end exposures and the available light from above, large expanses of windows open up the free ends as well as multiple lighting opportunities from above bring light into the center of the units, increasing the home’s livability and the spatial expanses.
3. Tell us about your material selection for Framework.
On the four bedroom units, we conceived of a living volume that sits on an “L” shaped pedestal for storage and circulation. The stucco L form becomes a solid base for the metal and wood living volumes.
4. What was your biggest obstacle with this project?
Within a process typically driven by square footage, being thoughtful about development while emphasizing value and high design to create a project centered on people, light, and enduring community.
5. What sets Framework apart from other developments like it?
Framework is unique as it encourages contemporary living within a pocket park community setting. The project is a catalyst for the revival of the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood. Instead of maximizing density, like so many larger projects do, Framework seeks to be thoughtful about how the residents will interact within the project as well as the community at large.