OZ Architecture is an award-winning architectural design firm, dating back from 1964. The firm believes in collaboration, discussion, and interactive association intending to create sustainable and livable buildings and environments. Over the years, the firm has delivered a wide range of projects that include cultural projects, municipal and educational facilities, urban living, workplace, and hospitality projects. The firm upholds various projects across the nation and continents from Africa to one of the most remote areas on earth – Antarctica.

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Here are 15 iconic projects by Oz Architecture:

1. Economist

Location: Denver, CO
Area: 49,470 SF

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Located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, the micro-housing complex Economist is an ideal settlement for affordable and well-designed housing options. It is composed of two buildings adhering to a smaller scale footprint of 97 units designed thoughtfully to maximize every inch of space. A centralized plaza formed in between the two buildings features an intimate yet vibrant corridor – allowing connection and promoting community interaction.

The Economist © www.ozarch.com
The Economist © www.ozarch.com
The Economist © www.ozarch.com

2. Platte Fifteen

Location: Denver, Colorado
Area: 156,915SF

The mixed-use development Platte Fifteen happens to be the first building in Denver, Colorado, ever built in Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction technique. The five stories tall and 156,915 square-feet building step ahead in design while implementing a bold new choice in structural solution. Mass timber is fundamentally the basis for the building offers a warm pleasant aesthetic, and proved to be the cost-viable and sustainable structural option for mid-rise commercial construction.

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Platte Fifteen © www.ozarch.com
Platte Fifteen © www.ozarch.com
Platte Fifteen © www.ozarch.com

3. 250 Columbine

Location: Denver, CO
Area: 138,000 SF Residential | 90,000 SF Office | 30,000 SF Retail

250 Columbine luxury development stands in one of Denver’s premier neighborhoods Cherry Creek North is a truly spectacular addition to the Denver condominium marketplace with its unique multi-faceted design. Its step down design breaks up the mass while seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces. The project houses 71 condominium residences over 30,000 square feet of retail space. In addition to the neighborhood exclusive retail and restaurant spots, residents have choices to revel in the complex fitness center, large terraces, and a lobby that assists modern design and subtle lighting.

250 Columbine © www.ozarch.com
250 Columbine © www.ozarch.com
250 Columbine © www.ozarch.com

4. Airie

Location: Denver, Colorado
Area: 375,000 SF

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The community complex Airie is a new home for older adults sits on 18.2 acres adjacent to Windsor Lake, one of the largest water bodies in Denver. The adult community includes 176 units ranging from studio to one, two, and three-bedroom floor plans.

The design caters to a year-round pool, fitness studios, massage, and sauna in light of good health and mind among the senior residents. While multiple courtyards, gardens, and other site amenities encourage intergenerational socialization.

Airie © www.ozarch.com
Airie © www.ozarch.com
Airie © www.ozarch.com

5. Improper City

Location: Denver, CO
Area: 20,300 SF

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Improper City, located in Denver’s River North (RiNo) district, is a creative blend of workspace and leisure amenities. The multi-use space accommodates a café, beer garden, music venue, workspace, and food-truck eatery all within one roof. The final is a relaxed, comfortable, flexible gathering place for food-lovers, co-workers, and residents from the neighborhood to stream in and embrace the RiNo lifestyle and community.

Improper City © www.ozarch.com
Improper City © www.ozarch.com
Improper City © www.ozarch.com

6. Harvest

Location: Edwards, CO
Awards: International Interior Design Association Rocky Mountain Chapter BEST Awards – Play Category

Harvest restaurant is an inviting haven located within Sonnenalp Club in Edwards, Colorado. The design is fresh, approachable, and that inherits a Provencal feel. The layout offers a variety of flexible seating areas, opened-up Parlor and dining areas to include a lounge seating area and community table, open kitchen – all that fosters social interaction.

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Harvest © www.ozarch.com
Harvest © www.ozarch.com
Harvest © www.ozarch.com

7. Henley

Location: Nashville, Tennessee, Kimpton Aertson Hotel
Area: 4,875 SF

Henley, a new modern American brasserie, in Nashville’s Aertson Kimpton hotel, introduces a unique approach to restaurant design. The restaurant emerges as a concept-driven project that embraces the concept of feminine and masculine duality.

The décor and dynamic details embody a sense of discovery revealing unexpected elements around every corner that celebrates craftsmanship and modern-day artisan in Nashville.

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Henley © www.ozarch.com
Henley © www.ozarch.com
Henley © www.ozarch.com

8. Popsockets

Location: Boulder, CO
Area: 45,000 SF

PopSockets’ new Boulder office is a happy medium between work and play. A variety of flex spaces feature throughout the office – some are outfitted with chairs and tables for structured meetings, while others are more casual, with couches or poufs. Natural materials and neutral hues make up the office while colorful murals and funky design touch light the mood of the 45,000 square-feet office space.

Popsockets © www.ozarch.com
Popsockets © www.ozarch.com
Popsockets © www.ozarch.com

9. Vrain Community Hub

Location: Longmont, CO
Area: 75,000 SF
LEED: Platinum

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The 75,000 square-feet South Wing of the St. Vrain Community Hub is the first LEED Platinum building in Longmont, Colorado. The South Wing is attached to the existing structure, but functions as an independent building. Throughout the building water and energy consumption are reduced with low-flow plumbing fixtures, daylighting design strategies, and low temperature condensing boiler systems and reflected roofing to achieve maximum sustainable efficiency.

St. Vrain Community Hub © www.ozarch.com
St. Vrain Community Hub © www.ozarch.com
St. Vrain Community Hub © www.ozarch.com

10. IMM

Location: Boulder, Colorado
Area: 30,000 SF

Digital advertising agency IMM new office located in East Boulder, Colorado, projects a remarkable use of space. The office feels inexplicably open achieved through the smart planning of functional zones. A unique feature of the office space is the sculptural millwork piece called the Analog room, which is certainly the focal architectural space. Large windows, skylights, and garage doors stream in an abundance of natural light and the biophilic design approach enhances indoor air quality.

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IMM © www.ozarch.com
IMM © www.ozarch.com
IMM © www.ozarch.com

11. Arrow Electronics

Location: Centennial, CO
Area: 236,500 SF

The LEED Silver certified building Arrow Electronics located at Centennial, Colorado, adapts a diverse floorplan that can be altered to the needs of the employees and their changing work pattern. The design pays special attention to sustainability which is achieved through low water and energy consumption strategies. Additional strategies include low-emitting materials, FSC wood, and daylighting.

Arrow Electronics © www.ozarch.com
Arrow Electronics © www.ozarch.com
Arrow Electronics © www.ozarch.com

12. The Richardson Design Center

Location: Fort Collins
Area: 45,000 SF

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The Richardson Design Center is located on the south end of Colorado State University is an innovative hub that integrates multiple-disciplinary programs. The building includes an exterior pedestrian portal through the heart of the building inviting community engagement and collaboration within. The building consists of fabrication labs with communal elements such as garage doors that connect the fabrication spaces to an outdoor oasis.

The Richardson Design Center © www.ozarch.com
The Richardson Design Center © www.ozarch.com
The Richardson Design Center © www.ozarch.com

13. Visual Arts Complex – University of Colorado

Location: Boulder, Colorado.
Area: 179,000 SF

Visual Arts Complex at the heart of the University of Colorado delves into the concept of incorporating collaboration spaces into the college campus design. Not being restricted to typical classrooms, the design engages corridors, rooftops, outdoor areas, entryways, and staircases as opportunities for students to meet, collaborate, learn, and relax.

Visual Arts Complex- University of Colorado © www.ozarch.com
Visual Arts Complex- University of Colorado © www.ozarch.com
Visual Arts Complex- University of Colorado © www.ozarch.com

14. The World Trade Center Denver

Location: Denver, Colorado

Unlike the typical glass tower design of the World Trade Center around the globe, the WTC Denver in the River North (RiNo), neighborhood, focuses on global connectivity. It is a global hub of established businesses, traditional and collaborative office, all-inclusive retail and restaurants, hotel and conference center – all unified by an interconnecting series of art-filled outdoor public spaces.

The World Trade Center, Denver  © www.ozarch.com
The World Trade Center, Denver  © www.ozarch.com
The World Trade Center, Denver  © www.ozarch.com

15. McMurdo Station

Location: Antarctica
Area: 164 acres

McMurdo Station, set in one of the most remote locations on earth, Antarctica, is now a sprawling 164-acres scientific research center composed of over 100 small buildings. The master-plan for a new McMurdo will consolidate the current 100 plus buildings into six modular buildings. The design is an attempt to maximize energy efficiency and increase the logistic logic of the site while also supporting the mental and physical needs of the people at the base.

McMurdo Station © www.ozarch.com
McMurdo Station © www.ozarch.com
McMurdo Station © www.ozarch.com
Author

Tasmania Chowdhury, an architecture graduate, is currently engaged as a feature writer in the leading architecture magazine in Bangladesh. To her, architecture exists as an emotional platform. It has the potential to make people move. She enjoys putting down this emotive tool in writing while enjoying a cup of latte and plugging to ‘Rabindra Sangeet’.

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