Denver-based architects Johnson Nathan Strohe designed the building’s clean exterior to capture natural light and expansive views of the front range. Courtesy Johnson Nathan Strohe.

Real estate

Award-winning Denver design firm Kimberly Timmons Interiors brings timeless style to a 12-story luxury condominium in Cherry Creek North.

• June 26, 2018

It is not an easy task to stand out from the luxury residences in Cherry Creek North. That’s why the developers of 155 Steele Street, better known as Laurel Cherry Creek, hired award-winning Denver design firm Kimberly Timmons Interiors to give the public spaces of their high-rise building the appearance of a first-class resort.

Laurel full outsideThe 12-story Laurel Cherry Creek is the tallest residential property for sale in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood of Denver. Courtesy Johnson Nathan Strohe.

The design team used their resort and casino design expertise to create the Laurel’s lobby, pool and elevator areas. Their goal: to give the residents a feeling of hospitality when they return. “The idea is to create social, active spaces,” says LeKathryn Champine, design consultant at Kimberly Timmons Interiors, who worked with designer Trang Dang on the project. “The lobby is used for various private events, so we wanted to create an entry experience that is similar to that of a hotel.”

This experience is grand and elegant, thanks to 19 foot ceilings, three towering glass walls, a 10 foot high custom metal chandelier, modern Scandinavian style furniture, and old walnut and brass fixtures. White marble covers the floors, concierge desk, and lobby bar, and a dramatic accent wall with three-dimensional walnut panels anchors the space.

Laurel lobbyThe Kimberly Timmons Interiors design team completed the Laurel Cherry Creek lobby with a palette of marble, walnut, and brass. Rendered courtesy of Laurel Cherry Creek.

Inspired by the building’s clean lines and the blocky facade of the first floor, designed by the Denver architectural firm Johnson Nathan Strohe, the interior designers continued the theme inside and built block-like inserts that create alcoves in the lobby and other public areas. Clad in rich walnut, they range from benches near the elevators to intimate hangouts that encourage small groups to chat. “We create small rooms for the residents that help them move into the building from outside,” explains Dang. “This first hallway off the lobby is like a portal.”

The entrance to each residence is reminiscent of the lobby niches. The design team incorporated wood, stone and lighting to create a staggered entrance with privacy and style. Inside the residences (which range from one bedroom just under 1,000 square feet to three bedrooms over 4,700 square feet) have modern linear fireplaces, wide-plank hardwood floors, plush wool carpets, polished quartz or granite countertops, custom cabinets, and professional appliances . Multi-pane sliding glass doors or folding glass doors (depending on the floor plan) flood the elegant rooms with daylight.

Laurel poolA west-facing roof terrace offers residents a wonderful view of the mountains and the city center, a stainless steel-lined pool, a fireplace, elegant seating in the lounge, a dining area and an outdoor kitchen. Courtesy Johnson Nathan Strohe.

The modern design extends to the roof, where part of the sunny pool terrace is shaded by an elegant walnut pergola and a stainless steel-lined pool creates a modern play of light on the water. “The developers plan to use these areas for private events,” says Champine. “We understand how the hotel industry uses these spaces and have taken this into account [knowledge] into interior design. It really is very different from most apartments or condos in town. “

Laurel Cherry Creek was developed by Pauls Corporation and is currently 40 percent sold. Some residents are expected to move in at the end of 2018. Prices for currently available units start as low as $ 800,000. To learn more, visit laurelcherrycreek.com.