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LIV Sotheby’s International Realty brokers, Trish Bragg and Maggie Armstrong, proudly present 576 S. Elizabeth Street, an extraordinary property in Denver’s prestigious Polo Club listed for $12.95 million. The exquisite, light-filled beauty was designed by architect Jim Olson of Olson Kundig architecture firm based in Seattle and sits on a spectacular 3.5 acre property in the heart of Denver. Olson also designed the new Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, which opened in March in Denver’s Golden Triangle, and The Red House in LoDo.

Olson has been exploring the relationship between light and space for nearly fifty years, known for creating architecture to frame individual works, and mastering the aesthetic interplay of art, nature, and architecture. 576 S. Elizabeth Street is a shining example of this endeavor.

The minimalist interior features enormous windows, a restrained palette and a two-story central art gallery that divides private family quarters from public spaces.

“The main gallery of the home gives you a feeling of translucence. This is from the skylights made softer by the fabric and materials we used to soften the space. We were really going for balanced light,” he says.

In fact, the AIA award-winning architect says light is the first thing that comes to mind when reflecting on this home’s design. At the beginning of the project, the owner gave Olson a book entitled The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton. He was heavily influenced by the idea of using architecture to lift the spirits. His goal was to maximize the beautiful Colorado sunlight yet screen out any harsh contrasts. The effect is mesmerizing, much like a see-through lattice work with no detail left unturned.

“The house is so much more than a house, it’s the whole property. It’s modern architecture in all the good ways, but not cold or off-putting,” says Olson.

Step foot on the property and you’ll be greeted by a number of elements designed to pique your senses—the soothing ripple of an infinity-edge fountain, the rustling of mature trees, the timelessness of an endless limestone wall, shimmering glass walls, steel beam lattice work and a custom-crafted bronze door to welcome you inside. “It’s truly a work of art,” says listing broker Trish Bragg. “There is a feeling you get when you approach the front door, a sense of lightness and calm.”

Built by Saunders Construction in 2008, every material, finish and system was carefully selected and designed to work together. The exterior is comprised of honed limestone that was quarried in France, fabricated in Italy, and shipped here for construction. The double pane UV windows, structural steel columns, and thinly detailed metalwork are among Olson’s favorite details—but it’s the “jewel” of the home that really makes a lasting impression.

“The jewel of the home is the living room with the rest of the house serving as a ring that supports it,” says Olson.

The tranquil and airy spaces live more like modern garden rooms, bringing the outside in to evoke a feeling of space flowing throughout. Olson’s team relied on landscape architect Charles Anderson, a lead collaborator of Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park—the 9 acre park built on an abandoned fuel storage site that defines a new experience for modern art outside of museum walls.

Anderson masterfully wove the indoor/outdoor spaces together for effortless entertaining at this Polo Club home. The result—enchanted woodland “rooms” inspired by Colorado’s landscapes.

“A quarter mile private, meandering path offers a place to wander through aspen forest and open wildflower prairie. A series of small and large terraces provide places to spend time outside, entertain, and watch the seasons change,” writes Anderson.

Inside you’ll discover 13,000-square-feet above grade of meticulous design anchored by the soaring central gallery designed for the display of art. The public rooms face south to a landscape of native grasses modeled after Colorado’s eastern plains. To the north, a set of offices with built-ins, a gourmet kitchen with Viking, Thermador and Miele appliances, and other functional areas looking out to a densely-planted garden.

The generous bedrooms are all located on the second floor, including an impressive master suite with marble soaking tub, marble walk-in shower, heated towel racks, his/hers solid wood closets, plus a separate sitting area and study, all positioned to take advantage of the home’s breathtaking views.

“Every detail of the home was meticulously designed and executed to the highest degree,” says co-listing broker Maggie Armstrong. “I imagine it being used as an exceptional family home or art collector’s retreat. And it is so close to Cherry Creek, downtown, Bonnie Brae and Wash Park.”

Venetian plaster walls are lined with plywood for ease of art installation, Geothermal assisted heating and cooling system, ThyssenKrupp commercial-grade elevator, and a state-of-the-art security system are among the home’s additional unparalleled amenities.

For more information please contact LIV Sotheby’s International Realty brokers Trish Bragg and Maggie Armstrong at 303-638-6355 or 303-241-9244. More details for the home can be found on denverarthouse.com. To list your home for sale with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, visit www.livsothebysrealty.com or call 303-893-3200.

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