A simple goal drives the 81,910 square foot Boulder Commons mixed-use development: Provide a world-class sustainable tenant and visitor experience in a net-zero energy building to be leased at market rates. In providing Interior Design services, Huntsman collaborated with core & shell architects Coburn Partners on the layout and design of two buildings comprising workplace and retail spaces for a variety of users, including anchor tenant Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). At the ground floor, public and common spaces invite the community to partake in the development's amenities, including flexible meeting spaces, revolving art exhibitions, a salon, spa, and restaurant.
To deliver the net-zero target, the project’s developer, Morgan Creek Ventures (MCV) focused on the building’s siting, a solar panel-clad building shell, extensive interior daylighting, and building performance. Principles of sustainability and efficiency guided the design of the interiors, including the selection of regionally sourced, zero-VOC. and recycled content materials and furnishings, as well as LED lighting and energy star-rated fixtures and appliances.
The overarching vision for the interior spaces is a connection to place and site. Throughout the buildings unique and varied views, along with a thoughtful finish palette and use of interior plant -scaping, create a forward-looking workplace focused on users' comfort and well-being.
The buildings' common spaces emphasize the indoor and outdoor relationship with large window openings and a focus on natural materials. Flex-rooms for tenant meetings and events are augmented by public lobbies which house art exhibitions and events for the community. An understated color palette supports a variety of rotating art installations. The organic forms of the furniture, inspired by rocks in a field, are easily movable and flexible to accommodate events.
Client Morgan Creek Ventures
Location Boulder, CO
Scope Building Architectural Services and Tenant Development
Size 81,910 square feet
Credits Photography Bruce Damonte