The Source Hotel
Its was a cold, ridiculously cold, my fingers were absolutely frozen, but the sky was clear and the light was magical, when I captured this early morning photograph of the new Source Hotel.
The hotel is an eight story building, ten if we are being technical, and is the largest hotel in RiNo. The project, designed by Stephen Dynia (Dynia Architects) and developed by Zeppelin Development is adjacent, and literally attached, to the original Source food and market hall, a very impressive example of adaptive reuse of an 1880s industrial building.
The Source Hotel isn’t trying to blend in with the past of its neighbors. It’s the exact opposite, a modern metal and concrete, non-ornate building. My favorite aspect of the design is how Dynia placed each floor on top of one another at different angles, creating cantilevered sections of each floor.
The building feels massive compared to its surroundings and by photographing it straight on from the North side, as I did with the photo above, you really feel the dramatic composition.
Over the past few years I have photographed many of Stephen Dynia’s buildings and I admire his work very much. I am drawn to the geometry, and how the materials, the steel and concrete tell the story. It’s minimalist, yet not boring.
For someone who literally sees the world in lines, as if I was looking at the Matrix, the Source Hotel is photographic gold. It’s surely to become a highly photographed and posted Denver building, and in my opinion, one the neighborhood needed.
Stephen, you and the Zeppelin Development team created another inspiring, ambitious building here in Denver. I enjoyed my time photographing the hotel and I look forward to many more visits, especially dinners at Safta, which is probably my favorite restaurant in Denver right now.
Seriously, go visit and eat at Safta, or any of the great restaurants at the Source. You will not be disappointed.