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Opening New Possibilities

Oct 21, 2015


CIRCLE WEST ARCHITECTS: Newest Residents in Denver’s LoDo District

Firm Brings Innovation and Forward-Thinking Designs to the Denver Area

DENVER—October 21, 2015 Denver’s thriving LoDo District boasts some of the areas top dining, cultural arts, and now, a nationally renowned, award-winning design house. Circle West Architects announced today its expansion into the Denver market. Since its inception in 1992 the firm is behind some of the area’s most innovative and notable designs, Peter Koliopoulos, AIA, the firm’s founder and president says the move gives Circle West Architects a permanent, local presence in Denver’s architecturally rich historical district.

Circle West Architects is a full service, multi-disciplinary architecture and planning firm with extensive experience in urban planning, large scale mixed-use, and hospitality.  Providing our clients inspiring, responsive, and flexible design concepts.  Koliopoulos says, “Our relationships with our clients are of the utmost importance to our organization.”

Some of Circle West Architects’ most notable designs in the western region include SouthBank in Tempe, Arizona; SoDa Row in South Jordan, Utah; Landsource Tempe, Tempe, Arizona, and Edwards Village Center, Edwards, Colorado. The firm is currently working on The Jefferson, Historical Adaptive Reuse; One Chandler, Multi-family, mixed-use, and Hyatt House Hotel.  Circle West Architects is located in the Gold LEED Certified, 1515 Wynkoop Building, Suite 360, Denver, Colorado 80202. For more information on Circle West Architects, call (303) 243-5015, or visit

About Circle West Architects: 

Founded by Peter M. Koliopoulos, AIA, in Vail, Colorado, Circle West Architects is a creatively driven, award winning, planning and design firm based in Phoenix, Arizona that combines a reverence for the natural environment with a powerful modern aesthetic. Koliopoulos is recognized for his firms focus on innovative, modern and sustainable designs that redefine conventional notions of process, type, and context. Our vision at Circle West Architects is “To build the world a better place for living.  Visit


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Highrise in a sustainable city

Aug 17, 2015

Make a Place

The proposed design seeks to advance the City of Phoenix onto the world stage of architectural design, urban planning, and sustainable living, by a sophisticated integration of vertically mixed uses, transportation infrastructure, and urban farming. This design addresses and solves the long term planning for a self sustaining society. The forward thinking concept consists of two towers that reach over the new proposed light rail line and incorporates a transit stop that will serve as the “nucleus” of the well shaded public space at the ground floor.

The two towers each serve a specific purpose integrated together. The larger tower to the north is programmed as a “city within a city”. Public amenities such as schools, medical facilities, and public services are interconnected via “transfer” floors that link with the various program. The tower to the south serves a “multi-functional greenhouse”. Maximizing the proposed 14 acres of vertical urban farming utilizing hydroponics to support the residents of the vertically integrated neighborhood.

The structure consists of a continuous high strength concrete core with walls varying in thickness. The perimeter is an “organic grid” of composite steel and concrete diagonal members organized in primary, secondary, and tertiary hierarchy, corresponding to their principal functions. Steel bridges connect each of the towers developing “super floors” of public amenities and outdoor spaces.

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The relatively small foot print at the ground floor sets an opportunity to maximize shaded multi-use public spaces with a “solar shade” of advanced photo-voltaic system. The existing rail line will be converted to a new light rail connecting and advancing the light rail infrastructure. The transit stop will serve as a critical aspect in advancing sustainable urban living.

The innovative formal concept of the towers sets a powerful expression on the City of Phoenix skyline. The sculptural nature of the structural form appropriates an identity which is part modern and part space age. Like the young city of Phoenix it shares a strong optimism and professionalism.

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The Jefferson

Jan 07, 2015

As we are in the process of transforming and giving new light to the building, the once Barrister building will be renamed back to The Jefferson, keeping intact its legacy and history for excellence.



In 1915, the City of Phoenix was very eager for the Jefferson Hotel to open its doors. Talk about the Jefferson was all over various newspapers raving about the ornate artistic fixtures, rich mahogany furniture, and lavish way in which the hotel was prepared to receive its guests.



It was thought that guests from another city would rate Phoenix based on its hospitality extended by the hotel. The Jefferson prided itself on the level of responsibility and satisfaction to its guests as its way of contributing to the good reputation of Phoenix. As stated in the article, “Helping in her growth, the growth of her industries and her wealth, and her attraction as a place where life is worth living.”(Arizona Republican; May 23, 1915).

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Known as one of the fines commercial hotels in the southwest, The Jefferson had everything imaginable. The roof garden being one of the most important aspects of the hotel with a secondary roof. It allowed visitors a breathtaking view of the Salt River valley that stretched for miles with various farms studding the landscape on either side.



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The Barrister Building

Sep 09, 2014

Why the Barrister Building is important in Downtown Phoenix


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Historic preservation can and should be an important aspect of any effort to promote identity, authenticity, and sustainable development.  The conservation and improvement of our existing buildings, including re-use of historic and older buildings, “greening” the existing stock, and reinvestment in historic environments is critically important to establishing our local culture and heritage.

The Barrister building occupies the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Jefferson Street.  Commonly referred to as the “Psycho” Building since Alfred Hitchcock chose it for his famous opening scene in the movie “Pyscho”.  Originally, called the Jefferson Hotel when it was built.  The story of its development gives us an understanding of the people, time, and context of Phoenix in the early 20th Century.


Built in 1915, The Jefferson Hotel was the vision of Salim Ackel, a unique and successful immigrant to the United States.  “His life story also speaks for the business ability and keen mind of Mr. Ackel,”(Arizona Republican; July 15, 1915).  Salum Ackel arrived in Arizona some twenty three years prior to the construction of the hotel.  Mr. Ackel started selling merchandise from a wagon camp to camp.  From that initial position, he was able to get involved in a small grocery store and grow it into a larger emporium.  Mr. Akel also designed jewelry and owned real estate throughout the valley.  “Mr. Ackel’s attributes his business success to two principal factors:  hardwork and strict honesty, and the establishment of first class credit rating. “(Arizona Republican; July 15, 1915)


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The Jefferson Hotel was at the time the tallest structure in the regional western United States.  “Destined to be the finest furnished and best equipped modern hotel.  The building has six stories with a complete and entire basement, also a well-equipped and beautifully arranged roof garden, and super roof.”  (Arizona Republican; February 23, 1915)  The distinct features of the Barrister Building include the strong horizontal cornice lines at the second floor and at the top of the building.  The building has an understated simplicity with the “tripartite” of a clear base, mid-section, and top expression.  The building fronts Central Avenue.  The perspective of the cornice lines reinforce the main entry and perspective down Central.


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The site for The Barrister Building is located just south of the recently completed City Scape development and just west of the basketball arena and the convention center.  Within walking distance of many of the civic and cultural institutions as well as fabulous restaurants and outdoor dining.  The scale of The Barrister Building is critically important.  At six stories it provides an appropriate and much needed pedestrian scaled building with an identifiable entry.



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Desert Residence

May 26, 2014

Desert Residence: Shadow and Light.

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Exploring the importance of wellness in our desert residence. 



Comfort while accommodating human sensibilities are important considerations in the development of this desert residence with a story focus on a personal relationship with the Sonoran desert.

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Fundamentally simple ideas of scale and proportion make the residents feel at ease, make them feel pschologically comfortable so that they can carry out whatever activities they have to unconsciously.









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Oct 08, 2013

Pomeroy Hotel: Leading The Way

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‘Net Zero’ flagship hotel as urban catalyst for ASU Campus in Tempe, Arizona.
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Circle West Architects seeks to establish an architectural benchmark of innovative design at one of Arizona’s most unique urban opportunities. A forward-thinking approach to planning, programming, and architectural expression is envisioned for the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Center. The design will serve as a catalyst of sustainability incorporating a ‘net zero’ energy environment.

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Great care has been taken to utilize renewable and recyclable materials. The basis of the design is to set a clear identity of purposeful architectural forms appropriately addressing solar orientation, maximizing natural light, while incorporating a dual skin curtain wall concept of insulated, low e glass, along with a secondary skin of perforated metal panels.

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The new hotel and conference center is an urban vision-planning project, which is programmed to achieve a ‘net zero’ environment. The hotel, rising 20 stories with a roof deck pool and amenities, sets out for a modern expression.

The modern building forms and undulating solar sail seek to harness the earth’s energies to provide sustainable cooling and lighting methods for this eco-friendly design concept. To enhance the comfort, key design elements will include dual facades, to supply sufficient natural daylight to the interiors; highly efficient mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems will be installed; green plants and open space utilising the solar sail will improve local microclimate.

Each floor on the south and north elevation are cantilevered to allow for solar shading and balconies. East and west elevations will accommodate the architectural screening and framework, while the solar sail will shade the main entry and lobby area. The solar sail has a dual purpose of providing shade along with incorporating renewable energy technologies, which will reduce energy consumption and support a ‘net zero’ building environment.

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Flash Cube Building

Jul 19, 2012


The Flash Cube Building at Soda Row, in the master planned community of Daybreak is an integral part of a mixed-use pedestrian friendly neighborhood environment. Soda Row features five distinguishable buildings representing various users and serves as the center of neighborhood activity and connectivity. The Flash Cube Building is a three story building with café/retail space at the ground floor with two floors of speculative office space above. The proportions and scale of openings relative to wall surface areas were composed to express movement with varying depths of  translucent glass balconies. The openings and balconies accentuate views to the landscape and mountains beyond with a full glass base to welcome the ground plane.



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SouthBank: Urban Rediscovery

Apr 03, 2012

Serving Tempe, Arizona as a distinct vision of an open design strategy to reinforce Tempe’s Bohemian identity, the forward-thinking and inclusive plan is based on fundamental neighborhood planning principles and concepts. 30 acres of mixed-use development, the four neighborhood vision plan integrates residential, office, retail / restaurants, hospitality, and rich public / private open spaces on nine city blocks.

The vision organizes around a series of sequence of spaces and events. The mix of uses are emphasized for each neighborhood with views while embracing Tempe Town Lake. Beyond urban hallmarks of glass, concrete, steel, and modernity, we seek access to new experiences and opportunities for growth.

The landscape architecture and sustainable concepts developed by Circle West Architects focus on social spaces, places to gather, to meet, and with a strong connection to view corridors, shade, and shadow.  They take their identity as much from the surrounding architecture as from the design of the spaces themselves. The landscape and sustainable concepts develop unique visual and symbolic identities by various means, such as indigenous plant palettes, with meaningful associations.

Peter M. Koliopoulos  AIA, SouthBank’s Architect, is a major talent with significant projects throughout the United States. “SouthBank is designed with integrity to be a vital place for people to experience and be inspired.”

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The Wolff Den

Dec 19, 2011

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. The natural beauty of Sun Valley, Idaho is captured in the recently renovated Wolff Den designed to accommodate two sibling families. The Wolff Den’s attributes of warmth and absorbing daylight are highlighted by the rustic knotty pine flooring, reclaimed wood architectural elements, along with the open “crafted” kitchen. A fresh modern feel is developed with the purposeful collage of materials to accentuate a rich intimacy.



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Detailing the Invisible

Nov 28, 2011


Detailing is about connections and how those connections translate into a meaningful expression. Glass as a building material allows for a single material to combine the simplicity of its transparency with its natural characteristic of structural and load bearing behavior. The transparent expression for this single family residence is one of openness. Set in the middle of the natural Sonoran Desert, the landscape and the sky become “living art” for the residents. A wholistic expression of glass is developed by utilizing the 12 inch long structural glass fins to support the 3′-6″ wide by 13′-0″ tall lites of glass. The interior space is planned to host a variety of events both private and public. With the quality of invisibility, natural daylight and moonlight are able to brilliantly amplify the expression.


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