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2020 Award Winners

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RainDance River Resort

Gold

Windsor, Colorado

Developer | Water Valley Land Company

Land Planner | Norris Design

Landscape Architect/Designer | Norris Design

Marketing Firm | Art + Business ONE

Photographer | Norris Design

Serving as a hub for wholesome family fun, RainDance River Resort features the state’s largest lazy river, designed to connect its community with the rich agricultural history of Northern Colorado. A microcosm of its lively surroundings, the resort-style pool is situated within a 13.4-acre park and is connected to open space, orchards, and farmland through an extensive trail network. Large-scale amenities celebrate simple pleasures and every element evokes an immersive experience of  living in the farm.

Detailed 3D images developed early on provided the team with a clear directive, from design through construction. Authentic design details take root in nostalgia, while repurposed materials forward sustainability. Agrarian patterns guided the pool and landscape design, and farm equipment was modified to function playfully. A working center pivot irrigation system serves as a custom water feature. A silo tower slide spills to a lazy river in the shape of the RainDance logo. It’s a homegrown pool concept and a watering hole reimagined. RainDance River Resort is designed to be a central source for a thriving community.

From the Judges
How can you go wrong with a lazy river? The kids must love it, and it toys with the ideas of a theme park, but with the addition of agrarian roots to the design. Judges praised the high attention to detail and noted the tire tracks in the concrete. It’s thematic, but not overdone.

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