In the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, students and faculty engage directly with our vibrant city, dynamic community, and magnificent landscape by working on real projects that make a real difference. Explore the ways research and creative projects at CAP ignite evolution that enriches places for people and the planet.
Ascension, a mixed-use development that combines housing spaces with a climbing facility, promotes both community and the importance of recreational areas. The building program provides spaces that are available for use by all users. The centralized circulation encourages the interaction between the different users that enter the building, as well as allows them to experience the sensation of ascension, regardless of whether they are climbing up the tower or walking. With different users in mind, a screen pattern was developed that reflects the interactions of each user within the building. The use of screens and a planar glass system allows ample light into the facility while also helping to diffuse it. Ascension combines activities for all users, creating an inclusive space.