Rocky Mountains provide backdrop for Denver Premium Outlets

The stunning Rocky Mountain landscape provides the ideal backdrop for Simon Property Group’s new Denver Premium Outlets, in Thornton, Colorado.

Designed by FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati, the LEED-certified, 375,000-sq.-ft. shopping center is family-friendly, with lots of fun features for kids. It blends such sustainable features as a solar paneled roof with a commissioned art program from three notable sculptors: Troy Pillow, Joseph Rastovich and Albert Dicruttalo.

The main entrance to the center begins at the food court, where floor to ceiling windows offer views of the landscape under a grand awning that draws inspiration to the area’s rustic roots. The food court thoroughfare includes a living wall of indigenous plants and a wide range of seating options.

A variety of outdoor spaces line the property in a strategic format created to bring a continual circulation of foot traffic, much like a single-level racetrack, which works to connect the entire property. The outdoor spaces vary from covered nooks with shade to open-air playgrounds. Water features, from large ponds to fountains, are located throughout the property.

The north end of the center features the majority of the public art and playground area, which includes a fun slide, a climbing playground and a dinosaur-themed climbing area.

Denver Premium Outlets houses more than 80 outlet stores, ranging from from Armani Exchange and Calvin Klein, to Kate Spade and Puma. It also includes a “media lounge” where shoppers can take a break from the action in a club-styled environment.