62 / BUILDING DIALOGUE / September 2022 W alking through the doors of Catbird, the recently opened, ex- tremely hip extend- ed-stay hotel in Denver’s River North Art District, you – and your dog – are greeted by name. You grab a snack from the fully stocked refrigerator in the oversized ground-floor kitchen be- fore heading up to your room, which feels more like a trendy urban loft than a hotel. You work for a few hours, stream a show on your in-room 4K projector and then head up- stairs for rooftop cocktails with friends at the Red Bar- ber. You are home – or rather, you are at a new kind of home away from home. Developed by Sage Hospitality with interiors by DLR Group and Swan Dive Design Studio, each element of the 165-room hotel is carefully curated to blur the lines be- tween hotel and home, travelers and locals, by creating adaptable spaces that foster a deeper sense of belonging for guests and community. As the lighting design team behind the project, LS Group was tasked with maximiz- ing that flexibility, and setting the tone for the eclectic, residential-inspired experience throughout the common areas and guest rooms. • Uncommon common areas. Making guests feel at home at Catbird begins with the ground-floor common areas. The design is playful, but high-end – like visiting the residence of a well-heeled artist friend. The spacious Lighting the Way for Catbird’s Home- Away-From-Home Experience Kristen Kordecki Miller Commercial Projects Director, LS Group The lobby serves as the living room at Catbird. Multiple paths of track lighting blend seamlessly into the ceiling throughout the lobby and common spaces, bringing warmth to the various architectural elements.