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Small Means Mighty, Denver’s First Micro-apartments

High housing prices in Denver have demanded greater creativity and ingenuity from developers. And so, Denver’s first micro apartments were born.

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Opening just a few weeks ago on September 3, Turntable Studios offer everything renters need, in about 350 square feet.

Once an old hotel, the repurposed downtown apartments overlook the city, offering renters with the ideal Denver view at affordable prices. The studios are committed to rent that is under $1,000/month, excluding their larger 664 and 850 square feet places, which are higher in rent.

The Turntable Studio website introduces the new apartments with a hip, retro vibe, catering to the 20s and 30s primarily interested in the apartments.

“The year was 1967. The Rolling Stones appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, The Beatles released “Magical Mystery Tour,” and near downtown Denver, a cylindrical hotel was built in the fashionable modernist style. Fast-foward 48 years, and the former hotel finds itself starting a new revolution: the first micro-apartments in Colorado,” the website reads.

Nichols Partnership, Inc. is a development company with a high value for “adaptive re-uses of existing buildings,” and the Turntable Studios fit perfectly. Dan Schuetz, project manager at Nichols, was the developer for the micro-apartments.

“We’re filling a critical need for modern design and affordability,” Schuetz said in an article in the Denver Business Journal.

The apartments utilize space with the utmost efficiency. Built-in storage gives each redesigned apartment more space than the square footage implies. The brand-new kitchenettes include a refrigerator and dishwasher, convection microwave oven and hotplates. Large windows fill the apartments with natural light, giving the illusion of more room. Juliet balconies also increase the living space.

Principal at JG Johnson Architecture, Tobias Strohe, believes the apartments to be a success. “The developer was willing to think outside the box to find a solution. We hope to see this example spark a trend in saving old buildings from demolition, even if it might often be easier to start over and the structures may not be considered historic assets. It’s an economical and more sustainable approach and we think we have proven the viability here.”

JG Johnson Architecture did the design for Turntable Studios. The designers and contractors found the project to be impressively collaborative, which they believe contributed to its success.

Nichols Partnership, Inc. recognizes the need for more affordable, yet still modern and aesthetic, housing in growing Denver. Turntable Studios may be the first of many micro-apartments, following trends begun in cities like New York.

The newly opened apartments are already nearly filled with residents who signed leases months ago. The small apartments are a big hit.