Colorado Springs plans bright architectural future
On Friday, CSBJ featured a story outlining how Colorado Springs plans bright architectural future. It says:
Take a look at the built landscape of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.
What you see — shopping malls, big-box stores, comfortable suburbs and cookie-cutter office complexes — could be anywhere in the American West. The goal, as Mayor John Suthers says, is to build a city worthy of our extraordinary setting, but we haven’t always succeeded.
It’s fair to say that creative, vibrant cities are in some measure defined by their buildings. In recent decades, business, political and nonprofit leaders have recreated Denver, scattering interesting new structures across the city. Imagine Denver now without its convention center, Coors Field, Pepsi Center, Sports Authority Field, the downtown library, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the reborn Union Station, the Hamilton wing of the Denver Art Museum or the Millennium Bridge. These buildings aren’t just of Denver; they are Denver.
Does the Chapel Hills Mall, the Martin Drake Power Plant, Motor City or the new I-25/Cimarron interchange define us? These functional utilitarian constructs are hardly the stuff of dreams. Our aspirational buildings are mostly those we have inherited, like City Hall, the City Auditorium, the Pioneers Museum and the historic places of worship that ring downtown.
But maybe we’re on the verge of a new architectural era, one that will redefine Colorado Springs and the region.
“The Olympic Museum will change the dynamics of the city more than any building in our history,” said architect Mike Collins, a Colorado Springs native who has worked here for more than 50 years. “It’ll attract worldwide attention — it’s a major national project.”
The museum is noteworthy enough by itself, but it’s not alone. One era-defining building has just been completed, one is under construction and another will formally break ground next year. It’s true that one swallow doesn’t make a spring, but these four buildings, with an aggregate cost of more than $200 million, may show us that the past is but prologue.
In other words, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
Some of the buildings planned are (for more details on these buildings, along with drawings, click here:
THE OLYMPIC MUSEUM
PIKES PEAK SUMMIT HOUSE
ENT CENTER FOR THE ARTS