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Studio Gang begins construction on Populus, the ‘first carbon-positive hotel in the U.S.’

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Construction has begun on the Populus Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Designed by Studio Gang, the 13-story, 265-room hotel is described by the team as “the first carbon-positive hotel in the United States,” and the first Studio Gang project to be built in Colorado.

According to the architects, the scheme’s distinctive façade was informed by the patterns found in Colorado’s native Aspen tree, the Populus Tremuloides. The façade is defined by “lids” extending out over each window, which offer passive shading and channel rainwater away from the windows.

The hotel design was first revealed on Archinect in February 2021 and received mostly skeptical responses from our readers.

Studio Gang begins construction on Populus, the 'first carbon-positive hotel in the U.S.'
Image by Studio Gang

The interior sees windows change in size to reflect their public or private use, with windows up to 30 feet high at the building’s base to frame the lobby and amenity spaces. Within the hotel guest rooms, the window base becomes a seat and desk fixture facing toward views of the city or mountains.

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