The Hub is the welcome center for the new Kinston master-planned community — the all-important “third place” for residents and their friends and families. It is situated on a grassy hillside that looks west toward the Front Range mountains of northern Colorado.
Although it is a new build, its design is meant to suggest an adaptive reuse of two older buildings: an agrarian, farmhouse-style structure, and a brick, mercantile structure. Knitted together by a glass entryway, these two components create a warm gathering space and a sense of place in a brand-new development. The design choices reflect the terrain and the origins of the land — including cattle brands in the floorboards, a local artist’s Colorado wildflower mural and framed photos from the original homestead.
The Hub features a family-owned craft brewery and coffee shop called Mountain Cowboy, coworking spaces, a gathering room for community events, outdoor social spaces and a splash pad, indoor and outdoor art, five fireplaces, a community/demonstration garden, and water-wise native landscaping. To take advantage of mountain views, the team elevated the building site by 8 feet.