While co-working spaces are abundant in the Denver metro area, SolderWorks saw a need to fill the co-making space void. SolderWorks provides not only workstations for individuals and offices for start-up companies, but rooms for printing, cutting and soldering. The client held a competition for the brand logo and the selected winner took their cue from the color of heated solder; fuchsia and purple. These colors spilled over to the public spaces along with an orange accent while the offices remained neutral for personal branding. In addition to branding with the logo colors, the space was designed with a heavy tech aesthetic to highlight the type of creative processes being done in the space.
Derive Systems was seeking to create a dynamic, eclectic and creatively rebranded office for their Denver location. They wanted to depart from their corporate standards in order to achieve an environment that was more along the lines of a startup feel that would make visitors and employees alike feel that they were headed in a big and bold direction as a company. Collaboration spaces meant for different tasks are central to the design, leaving plenty of room for rotating employees coming from other states to visit or work. Kestrel implemented the flowing and organic curves that are often thought of for the bodies of sports cars, and used primary colors of red, blue and yellow to further solidify the concept. Derive’s organic body concept is carried through the flooring transitions, open ceiling drops, large scale graphics and materials.
Alpha Recovery needed a new office space that would allow their company to grow creatively as well as grow in numbers. Kestrel was tasked with finding a way to create separate zones for executive employees, call center employees, as well as shared spaces between them within a limited budget. The end result is a vibrant office that uses flooring as a means of wayfinding and colorful exposed cross structure to signify important areas. The use of natural light was incredibly important in the design, so glass is used on all of the office fronts, conference room, training room and breakroom in order to let natural light flow into the interior open workspace.
Teach for America is a non-profit entity that facilitates the placement and training of teachers for low-income schools. Kestrel was enlisted to redesign their current space to better utilize the footprint and freshen up the aesthetic. By rearranging their space to locate the open office spaces together, we created a better sense of community and gave the staff great Western views. Along with 11 private meeting spaces ranging from a 40-person training room to several three-person phone rooms, we integrated the public meeting space with the break room to be an efficient use of the footprint.
Thank you to those of you who helped to make our five year bash last week a success. We could not have done it without you and your consistent support of our architects, designers and company. We hope you had a great time at Denver Beer Company and enjoyed all of the beer, food and schwag that we had to offer. As part of our five years, we have changed our name from Kestrel Architecture to Kestrel Design Group to better reflect our company personality and the services that we offer. Hopefully you'll be seeing the Kestrel falcon around town from now on!
We have moved! Don't worry if you don't have our new address just yet. Our office is still located in University Building on the 16th street walking mall, but we moved one floor up to a much larger suite that can accommodate all of us and our space needs. Our address is now 910 16th St, Suite 610. Email Lauren to set up an appointment or just drop by to say "hi" and check out the new digs. See you soon.
One of our employees, Angela Harness, has been featured in an article written by her alma mater, Western Michigan University's College of Education concerning the design of Integrity First Financial, a client located in Colorado Springs.
Read more here.