Creating a dramatic effect with granite

July 1, 2002
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A combination of three types of granite - Mystic Mauve, Dakota Mahogany and Absolute Black - was implemented in the lobby floor design of the Peakview Tower in Denver, CO. "Mystic Mauve [with a polished finish] was the main stone and the others were used as accent [pieces]," said Designer Sterling Little.
Sitting in the heart of the technology hub of Denver, CO, Peakview Tower is surrounded by unparalleled views of the Rocky Mountains and the city's downtown area. The 10-story commercial building, which is part of Greenwood Plaza Office Park, is the first of two structures to be designed for the site. Adding to the elegance of the interior design is a dramatic two-story lobby clad in granite.

"We tried to use the stone in a creative way by using different sizes and textures to achieve a rich lobby," said Designer Sterling Little of WDG. HABIB Architecture in Dallas, TX, who worked along with Design Principal David Habib. The firm collaborated on the project with Oz Architects of Denver, CO.

The designer explained that a combination of three types of granite - Mystic Mauve, Dakota Mahogany and Absolute Black - was implemented in the floor design. "Mystic Mauve [with a polished finish] was the main stone and the others were used as accent [pieces]," said Little. According to the designer, Mystic Mauve with a polished finish was also used for the lobby walls in some areas, while the same material with a flamed finish was employed for the walls in other areas.

"We wanted granite from the beginning," said Little. "We had used [these materials] in previous projects and were happy with them. We looked at using stone in one of the most cost-effective ways." As a result, the decision was made to use 18- x 18-inch tiles instead of slabs, the designer explained.

The building's design is a contemporary interpretation of classical architectural features. There is an oval theme throughout the building," said Little, adding that there is an oval feature in the center of the lobby floor. "We presented several different concepts and this one was selected."

The glass and metal panels of the main body are enhanced by a segmented oval of glass. A vertical glass and metal lantern further emphasizes the oval motif. The top is recessed back to allow for a ring of light at night. This ring, in combination with the lantern, creates a strong evening image, according to the design team.

In total, it took about six months to complete the design and installation of the stonework in the 4,000-square-foot space.


Peakview Tower

Denver, CO

Developer: Insignia Commerical Investments Group, Inc.

Project/Construction Architect: Oz Architects, Denver, CO

Design Architect: WDG.Habib, Architecture, Inc., Dallas, TX

Stone Installer: Ryan & Co., Denver, CO

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