a kitchen with a marble counter top and wooden walls.


Luxurious Transitions

Sometimes the perfect project presents itself that just feels right for the team at KTI. The Laurel Cherry Creek is one of these projects. 

Cherry Creek North is synonymous with modern luxury. A charming 16 block outdoor shopping and dining district, the neighborhood is home to galleries, boutiques, restaurants, spas, and some of the Denver area’s finest homes. This ever-evolving area redefined luxury living in Denver once again this year with the addition of the neighborhood’s tallest condos, Laurel Cherry Creek.

The project was developed by Pauls Corp., and includes 71 homes across 12 stories.  The Laurel includes the highest views that any residential building will ever have in the popular neighborhood district.

There is a certain convenience and status that accompanies a lifestyle “right in the heart of it all”, but the discerning modern luxury homeowner expects their home to be an oasis. This was not an easy design challenge, but it was absolutely a fun one for our team to tackle.

How do you maintain the best aspects of urban living with the comforts of a luxury home? You take design cues from the luxury resort industry. Our team of experts on our Hospitality Design Studio combined their expertise in hotel, resort, and clubhouse design to create shared spaces that don’t feel public but more one-of-a-kind transitional spaces for owners at the Laurel.

The idea is to create social, active places.

LeKathryn Champine, Hospitality Design Project Manager
Photo credits: David Lauer

The lobby

Entering the Laurel building from the bustling ground level, the first transitional space residents will encounter is the lobby. We felt it was important to immediately make owners feel a sense of hospitality upon entering.

Its design reflects that of a luxury boutique hotel, complete with a staffed concierge desk, communal cozy seating, and multipurpose bar area. The team took inspiration from the clean lines and imposing space of the building’s architecture designed by Denver architecture firm Johnson Nathan Strohe. 

The lobby flooring is Carrera marble with a purposeful accent of Mezzanotte, creating an “area rug” for the sumptuous seating group. Three large Usona floor lamps anchor the end of the classic sofa.  Charleston Forge metal and wood chairs complete the look.

Just beyond the lobby sits this conversation niche with beaded wall covering by Maya Romanoff inset in the recess and surrounded with warm walnut portals.  A stylish table is the anchor for the comfy leather chairs that promote conversation between small groups of neighbors and friends.

One of three unique shaped tables by Vaughn Benz reflect the lobby’s graceful golden ringed chandelier.

Carol Browning created these beautiful acrylic, oil bar, and graphite canvas pieces that brighten up the first floor corridor.

An oil on canvas original by Beau Carey floats gracefully above an over-scaled lacquer console table that greets you when you arrive back on the lobby level.

Photo credits: David Lauer

elevator lobbies and condo entrances

The homeowner’s transition isn’t finished until they have stepped foot in their home. We believe that sometimes overlooked areas like elevator lobbies and entrance ways are important spaces we interact with each day – going out and coming home. The entrance to each residence echoes the stylistic choices found in the lobby niches. Similar materials, along with some very intentional lighting, create portals that smoothly connect private landings with homeowner’s residences. 

Homeowners can expect to be greeted by this cozy entry to their upscaled home. The entry features a marble portal and floor, rich walnut trim, doors accented with custom signage, and rich tones of blues and grays in a custom patterned carpet by Durkan.

Two penthouse levels include elegant elevator lobbies with Contempo White marble floors and a feature wall with intricate walnut wood panels by Du Chateaux juxtaposed by a sleek Grigio Carnico marble inset. 

Rendering provided by: Binyan

rooftop patio

The rooftop patio is the perfect oasis to unwind while reading a book, or hanging out by the stainless-steel saltwater pool with a tranquil waterfall. The stunning pool is surrounded by comfy cabanas and plenty of oversized lounge chairs. The outdoor kitchen is fit with grills, a pizza oven, grand community table and a fire pit with cozy conversation seating, perfect for entertaining.

The unique woven outdoor furniture stands out and creates an eclectic retreat and the bright pops of orange compliment the gorgeous Colorado sunset fading behind the mountain range. The versatile furniture is by Janus et Cie, Out Design Group, Seasonal Living and Sunpan.

To top it all off, the unobstructed views of the mountains and downtown Denver is the best treat of them all!

We believe it’s the details that matter in interior design. Something as small as intentional transitional spaces can change the way we feel about a home in a shared building.

Our team put a lot of effort into the details of this special project, and sales of residences at the Laurel suggest home buyers are taking notice. The Laurel led all condo projects in the Denver area for sales in the second quarter of the 2019 fiscal year. The project came in with an impressive 10 of the top 25 residential sales, including a top sale at $6.7 million penthouse that is 4,761 sq. ft.

The Laurel has 28 of it’s 71 units still available, including the final penthouse on the 12th floor.