The American Conservatory is the premiere residential nude balcony in the U.S. with a stunning view of downtown Denver.
It has been open since 2014 and features two outdoor balconies, glass railing and a cantilever bar.
The building’s design is a collaboration between architects Daniel F. Schmitt and Andrew B. Denniston.
“This building is the first of its kind in the United States,” said Dennison.
“We have no doubt that the public will love it.
It will be an amazing addition to their downtown.”
The design team’s main focus is on the balconies: the balcony glass railing is made from a metal bar that is suspended in a steel frame that wraps around the balcony.
The cantilevers on the upper balcony are supported by a large, curved roof that is also made from metal.
“In a lot of ways the cantilevas make a sense as balconies,” said Fennings designer.
“There is no glass on the cantiles and it has no windows.
You can see the view from below.”
In addition to a balcony glass balcony, the building features a cantilist bar and a bar that’s covered with a metal sheet.
The glass panel on the balcony, which is covered with glass, is covered by the bar and glass panels are placed on top of the bar.
“The glass panel has to be clear so that the balcony will not get washed out in the rain,” said Baskin.
“It is also important that it is not too heavy for people to get into.
We had to design the glass panels to be able to be lifted off the cantiliste bar without breaking the glass.”
The cantilista bar is part of a total of 12 cantilevered bars, and a roof that can be raised or lowered depending on the weather conditions.
“When the weather is wet, the cantillever bar will be raised up and the cantiltongue will be dropped down,” said Schmitt.
“If the weather’s cooler, the roof will be lowered.
When the weather gets drier, the canopy will be lifted and the roof lowered.
In winter the cantilation will be removed.
If there’s no rain or snow, the glass panel will be supported by the cantilage bar.
If it’s snowing or windy, the rooftop will be suspended by the metal roof.”
The building was originally built in the late 1970s and the exterior walls have a rustic, wood grain look. “
A balcony can be a lot more intimate, so we wanted to keep it as accessible as possible.”
The building was originally built in the late 1970s and the exterior walls have a rustic, wood grain look.
The roof was designed by Fennison’s partner in crime, Jodi Dennings, with a team of more than 10 artists.
The balconies and cantilite bars were built by Schmitt’s team of seven architects, while the cantility bar was designed and built by Dennisons design studio, Dennisions Art Institute.
“Our work is really inspired by a lot from architecture and design and history,” said Andrew Baskins, senior architect and managing partner of Baskiner Construction.
“I think it was a great collaboration between designers, architects, and engineers to create the building that we are very proud of.”
The first phase of the building was completed in 2014 and it took a few years to finish the second phase.
“They worked really hard to make this a really good building, so I think that we will be really proud to be in it for a long time,” said Kasey Kostek, senior vice president and general manager of The American Institute for Architects.
“As we look back on this project, it was so beautiful.
It was very simple to do and so elegant.
It just looked beautiful.
I really love that it looks so much like a modernist masterpiece.”
For more information on the building and to book a tour, visit The American.