Studio Gang breaks ground on Populus building designed to be US' "first carbon-positive" hotel

As construction begins on Populus, a Denver hotel designed by architecture firm Studio Gang, developer Urban Villages has announced that it aims to be the "first carbon-positive" hotel in the United States.

Created by Chicago-based Studio Gang, Populus’ shape was informed by the aspen tree and the white hotel facade will be covered in windows that resemble the eye-shaped patterns found on the tree’s bark.

According to Urban Villages, the hotel will achieve a “carbon-positive” design through “substantial ecological effort offsite, including an initial commitment to planting trees that represent over 5,000 acres of forest”.