Adrian Tiemens

Located in a well-established, historical neighborhood in Denver, Alliance Residential’s recently completed Highlands 32 luxury apartment project provides a unique combination of modern-day finishes and old-world charm for the targeted move-up resident. The complex sits on property with the historic Beth Eden Baptist Church, a structure that was built in 1931 and received a historic landmark designation from Denver in 2014.

It was important for the design team, including local architecture firm RNL Design and interior design company TRIO Environments, to restore the once-abandoned church site. While the exterior footprint of the church was maintained, the interior was reimagined as a 3,500-square-foot amenity lounge for the community’s residents, complete with televisions, multimedia connectivity, seating areas, and a unique window.

The window’s shape and overall pattern reflect the original church stained glass that came before it, but the design team had it fabricated with clear glass in order to better align it with the modern aesthetic of the renovated space.

“As we were designing this portion of the project, it was important for us to speak to the historic elements of this space,” according to the design team at TRIO Environments. “We were thrilled with how it came together.”