Recently completed in December of 2014, 16M is a Gensler-designed 10-story/340,000 square-foot LEED Certified mixed-use building situated on the southeast corner of 16th and Market streets in Lower Downtown Denver, the site of the former Office Depot. This building contains 115,000 square feet of Class AA office space over six stories, along with 13,000 square feet of retail (including ground floor and prime restaurant space). Structurally set back from the lower portion are four stories dedicated to the residences, a total of 47 units of for-rent luxury apartments on the floors seven through ten. 16M also has three levels of below grade parking with a tucked away garage ramp.

Here is an image of the 16M building, courtesy of Doors Open Denver.


Innovative strategies led the design away from a replica type LoDo building and toward a modern building that pays homage to the neighborhood through the use of brick and highly refined details. The premier corner of 16th and Market is activated by the dynamic relationship between the primary (16th Street) and secondary (Market Street) facades. The rhythmical window openings are inspired by the form and scale of historic LoDo expressed through tailored material selections and innovative details.

16M was an important contribution to LoDo not only on account of its attractive overall design and valuable mixed-use space, but also because of its good street presence and interaction with urban pedestrians (the old Office Depot featured only a single entrance along 16th St and a monolithic half-block long brick wall along Market St). 16M caters to the vibrant live-work atmosphere of Denver, Colorado.

This building preview is part of DenverUrbanism’s special countdown series to Doors Open Denver 2015. Click here for more information on Doors Open Denver.