Update: The Battle continues for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Over the River” Project

Photo: Wolfgang Volz / © 1999 Christo

The battle carries on as world-famous artist Christo fights for approval to construct a temporary work of art that will suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the Arkansas River, along a 42-mile stretch between Salida and Cañon City in south-central . Over the River has been on the drawing boards for 20 years now, with over $7 million of Christo’s money invested into it with environmental studies, mock-ups, surveys from the air and wind tests.

In November, Christo received approval from the federal Bureau of Land Management, which owns 98 percent of the riverfront. This was a huge step forward in the project and now only a few more local permit approvals are standing in the way.

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Clyfford Still Museum / Allied Works Architecture

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Architects: Allied Works Architecture
Location: , Colorado,
Project Team: Brad Cloepfil, Design Principal Chris Bixby, Project Lead
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 28,500 sqf
Photographs: Jeremy Bittermann

Christo and Jeanne-Claude “Over the River” Project – Approved to Stretch Across Arkansas River

Photo: Wolfgang Volz // © 1999 Christo

Controversial artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude – known for making large-scale architectural interventions in urban and rural environments – have finally gotten approval from the Bureau of Land Management to construct their most recent project “Over the River”, which will stretch along 5.9 miles along the Arkansas River in Southern .

Read on for details of the project and more images!

Loom / 1 Friday Design Collaborative

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based 1 Friday Design Collaborative designed Loom, an artist’s studio for clients in . Loom is a particularly small space in which the architects were able to combine the historic aesthetic of the neighborhood with modern environmental considerations and inspired interiors.

Architect: 1 Friday Design Collaborative
Location: Aspen, Colorado, United States
Project Year: September 2011
Photographs: Derek Skalko

Work-N-Park Cube / 1 Friday Design Collaborative

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Architect: 1 Friday Design Collaborative
Location: Aspen, Colorado,
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 1100 sqf
Photographs: Derek Skalko

Boulder Regional Fire Training Facility / Roth Sheppard Architects

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The Boulder Regional Fire Training Facility holds many different programs. Its exterior metal shell is as red as an iconic fire truck, and stands out as a modern interpretation of a traditional building type. The facility was designed by Roth Sheppard Architects to accommodate all of the varied needs of the Boulder’s Fire Training Facility, united in one design.

Architect: Roth Sheppard Architects
Location: Boulder, Colorado,
Consultants: TCA Architecture Planning, Scott Cox & Associates Inc, Abeyta Engineers, R2H,  Studio NYL, Design Studio West, Spec by Design, Walsh Environmental Scientists and Engineers, YRG
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roth Sheppard Architects

Mile Hi Church Sanctuary / Fentress Architects

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Mile Hi Church in , has added a new dome to their campus. The expanding congregation commissioned Fentress Architects to create a new Sanctuary to accommodate their growing needs for space. The design is a contemplative space with attentive consideration for the church’s needs and the campus history influencing the design.

Architect: Fentress Architects
Location: Lakewood, Colorado, United States
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jerry Butts, Ben Tremper Photography, Mile Hi Church

Denver Art Museum, Museum Shop / Roth Sheppard Architects

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Colorado based Roth Sheppard Architects were hired to redesign the Museum Shop for the recognizable Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind. The original shop’s poor sales and limited foot traffic initiated the project. took the challenge of working within the recognizable building, and created a space that not only looks the part, but has significantly increased sales for the museum shop.

Architects: Roth Sheppard Architects
Location: Denver, Colorado,
Consultants: Studio NYL, BCER Engineering, Beaudin Ganze Consulting Engineers, Adoniadis Retail Services, High Country Millwork, Urban Fabrications, NCI Norkoli Construction
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Brokering

Windsor Police Department / Roth Sheppard Architects

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The Windsor Police Department is a facility located within a small community of just 20,000 people. The new building by Roth Sheppard Architects satisfies the community’s needs for a new police station, and optimizes the space, taking advantage of available context to be an even broader asset to the local community.

Architects: Roth Sheppard Architects
Location: Windsor, , United States
Consultants: Studio NYL, Abeyta Engineering Consultants, R2H, Jim Sell Design, Inc, Specifications by Design
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roth Sheppard Architects

Temenos / Roth Sheppard Architects

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Roth Sheppard Architects is an architecture firm in Colorado with over two decades of experience. Principals Jeff Sheppard, AIA and Herb Roth, FAIA, and a growing young staff recently moved into their new office space, titled Temenos. designed their workspace to marry their office’s established modern aesthetics with the fresh ideas of young clients and employees.

Architect: Roth Sheppard Architects
Location: Denver, Colorado,
Consultants: Performance Engineering, McDonald Consulting + Design, Inc., R2HWilliams Construction
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Frank Ooms

First Presbyterian Church Colorado Springs / Trahan Architects

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Trahan Architects, among several elite design firms to contend, was selected to design “one of the most significant ecclesiastical commissions in the nation,” also known as the First Presbyterian Church of Springs. The proposed 1,750 seat sanctuary, along with a master plan comprises this project, which sits in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The structure is relatively independent of overt signs of a church; its design aspires to revive the church’s identity through an architecture which articulates convergence.

More on the First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs after the break.

Target Tower / Belzberg Architects


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Architect: Belzberg Architects
Location: Belmar Center, Lot 1 Lakewood, , 80226,
Renderings: Courtesy of Belzberg Architects

Education 1 Facility / NAC Architecture

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Architect: NAC Architecture
Location: Aurora, , Unites States
Consultants: Kahler Slater Architects, Inc., Pamela Bartczak Design, University of Colorado Denver, Martin & Martin, S.A. Miro, M-E Engineers, Shen Milsom Wilke, InSite Design
Project Year: 2008
Photography: Frank Ooms

The new Education 1 Facility by NAC Architecture sets the tone for the new University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The building houses education facilities for multiple medical schools within the university. The design by NAC Architecture accomplishes a welcoming building that extends itself out into the campus and the students it serves.

Golden High School / NAC Architecture

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Architect: NAC Architecture
Location: , Colorado,
Consultants: Martin Martin Consulting Engineers, V3 Consultants, The RMH Group, M-E Engineers, David L. Adams Associates, Inc., Wenk Associates, Ricca Newmark Design
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Frank Ooms

Golden High School has been in existence in name since 1873. The current building is designed by architecture firm  NAC Architecture and is the fourth incarnation in Golden, Colorado. Completed in 2008, the new building by NAC Architecture takes advantage of the outdoors to create a positive environment for the students inside and out.

Center for Community at the University of Colorado at Boulder / Centerbrook Architects with Davis Partnership Architects

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The Center for Community at the University of Colorado at Boulder established a commanding architectural and unifying presence when it opened last fall, immediately becoming the go-to-place to break bread, have meetings, and make new friends on a sprawling campus with 30,000 residents. The 900-seat, street-market styled dining complex serves as the heartbeat of the new “C4C,” as the 320,000-square-foot building is known in collegiate shorthand.

Architect: Centerbrook Architects with Davis Partnership Architects
Location: Boulder, Colorado,
Project Area: 320,000 sqf
Photographs: Paul Brokering, Casey Cass

The Eco Tent / The Neenan Company

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The Neenan Company, an integrated architecture and construction firm based in Fort Collins, , partnered with the EMU Festival, an eco-conscious music festival held in Snowmass, Colorado, to re-invent the traditional music festival tent.

Neenan employees were invited to participate in a contest to create the world’s first sustainable festival tent. The goal of the contest was to create a portable structure that could be installed on a city street as easily as it could at the top of a mountain. Materials for the tent were required to be biodegradable, recyclable, or have a sustainable end-of-life plan, so none of the pieces would end up in a landfill. In addition, the design needed to be easy-to-assemble, so that the tent could be put together by a few people with minimal or no tools.

Designer: Ben Shepard, 3D Animator, The Neenan Company
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado,
Collaborators: Randell Johnson, AIA, Vice President Business Development, The Neenan Company; Timothy Wooster, Founder, EMU Festival
Project Year: 2011
Renderings: The Neenan Company
Photographs: Yann Ropars and The Neenan Company

The Research Support Facility / RNL Design

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Architects: RNL Design
Location: , Colorado, USA
Interior design:
Mechanical engineer: Stantec Consulting
Structural engineer: KL&A Engineering, Golden Office
Electrical engineer: Stantec Consulting
Civil engineer: Martin / Martin, Inc.
Project area: 222,000 sqf
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Frank Ooms

V Tower / Meridian 105 Architecture

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V Tower is a residential high rise positioned atop of a base of retail, restaurant, cafe, and parking designed by Meridian 105 Architecture.  The tower provides an urban park for the neighborhood in Denver, while establishing a new ground plane for street-life to develop at the site.

Read on for more on this project after the break.