Shimmering skyscraper to bring culture and commerce back to downtown Detroit

New renderings have been revealed providing a glimpse of the mammoth leisure district being developed on the site of a famous former department store in downtown Detroit.

In 2013, SHoP Architects were selected following an invited competition to study the possibilities for using the J.L Hudson’s Store site at 1206 Woodward Avenue as a catalyst for the ongoing revitalisation of the city.

To encourage growth, attract residents back to the centre of the city and create “the renewal of civic pride”, the architects designed a new building that offers a very broad range of uses – including retail, residential, food and culture.

Together with Detroit-based architects Hamilton Anderson Associates they have proposed 52-storey building – which at 734ft would be Detroit’s tallest. It is estimated to include 250 residential units; a nine-story podium comprised of mixed use, commercial, office, technology, arts and culture space; and three storeys below grade featuring additional commercial space and 700 parking spaces.

The design images reveal a futuristic glass tower supported by a crystallised, sculptural platform with angled slices in the exterior.

“In its heyday, Hudson’s was a premier destination in the heart of downtown,” said Sandra Laux, project architect at Hamilton Anderson Associates. “After the flagship store closed in 1983, the structure would bring back fond memories of a vibrant downtown. We now have the opportunity to be a part of creating unique, new architecture in one of the few vacant sites downtown.”

The project will reportedly cost around US$775m and is being bankrolled by developer Rock Ventures.

The city’s Downtown Development Authority has been presented with plans for the site and has approved the timeline for the groundbreaking of the development by December 2017.

Related stories

Long Island landmark arena revived by SHoP Architects with 4,700 fins

Public leisure amenities 'a draw' for private developers, SHoP's Coren Sharples tells CLAD

'Dramatic' transformation planned for Cleveland Cavaliers' stadium

Designs unveiled for Perkins + Will's US$50m Motown Museum expansion

SHoP Architects will create a huge 3D printed gateway for this year's Design Miami festival

Construction gathers pace for Detroit sports and entertainment district and HOK hockey arena

SHoP Architects to oversee radical expansion of Santa Fe art museum

New renderings have been revealed providing a glimpse of the mammoth leisure district being developed on the site of a famous former department store in downtown Detroit. In 2013, SHoP Architects were selected following an invited competition to study the possibilities for using the J.L Hudson’s Store site at 1206 Woodward Avenue as a catalyst for the ongoing revitalisation of the city. To encourage growth, attract residents back to the
CLD,PRO,ARC,DES,DEV,INV
The architects designed a new building that offers a very broad range of uses – including retail, residential, food and culture / SHoP Architects
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6853     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6853     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Alliance Leisure Services Ltd
The company’s core business is the provision of facility development and support for local authorities, educational establishments and leisure trusts that want to improve or expand the leisure products and services they offer.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
The Manta Resort in Zanzibar features an Underwater Room with a sea level landing deck and lounge and a submerged bedroom
"The Norwegian coast inhabits such beauty"

The world’s most ambitious underwater buildings

Colli is known for her use of colour
Daniela Colli
"The alternation of light and shadow is essential to give dynamism to a space"

Italian architect Daniela Colli tells us how she looked to classical art for inspiration on how to deal with light and shadow in her latest project

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
CLAD people: Vincent Callebaut
"It’s about tracing the evolution of thermal practices"

Eco architect Vincent Callebaut has won a competition to redesign ancient thermal baths in the Savoyard town of Aix-les-Bains, France

The design cuts decibel levels from the nearby highway in half
David Polzin is executive director of design at CannonDesign. He studied at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture
"We were able to create an ‘acoustic shadow’ cutting decibel levels nearly in half"

How to design the perfect community leisure centre 100 13th century pilgrimage The Vietnamese village being created using historic methods

Barack Obama has described the OPC as a gift to Chicago
Van Valkenburgh studied landscape architecture and fine arts at Cornell University and the University of Illinois
"Building a park is the ultimate act of democracy"

The US landscape architect on why the Obamas are his kind of clients

features
Din has worked on a range of sustainability-focused projects
"It’s imperative the architecture profession takes a proactive approach to tackling the realities of climate change"

Perkins+Will’s new sustainability director

Champalimaud designed all of the hotel’s interiors
Bakos joined Champalimaud in December 2012. He previously worked for the Rockwell Group
"Construction is one of the largest generators of landfill waste, so it is important to create spaces that transcend trends"

It’s time for a new approach to sustainability, argues Champalimaud’s managing director

Bos studied history of art in London and urban and regional planning at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands
"I like art that is against the mainstream, slightly off, with a twist"

UNStudio’s co-founder on the unexpected challenges of designing Australia’s tallest skyscraper

cladkit product news
BD Barcelona Design reveals Cristallo by the late Alessandro Mendini
Cristallo was the last design from acclaimed designer and architect Alessandro Mendini
Lauren Heath-Jones
Design Studio BD Barcelona Design has released Cristallo, a limited-edition cabinet designed by the late architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, ...
Baux creates plant-based acoustic panels
Baux has worked with scientists from the Royal Institute of Technology to create Baux Acoustic Pulp, a plant-derived acoustic solution
Lauren Heath-Jones
Baux, an acoustic products brand based in Sweden, has developed a line of biodegradable acoustic panels, using a plant-based material ...
Tom Dixon Studio to relaunch iconic Pylon chair
Pylon was first designed more than 20 years ago
Lauren Heath-Jones
Originally conceived in his metal workshop in the early 90's, the Pylon chair was Dixon's attempt to create the world's ...
cladkit product news
Alusid's Sequel collection combines craftsmanship and sustainability says founder
The Sequel collection is billed as the 'most waste-efficient and sustainable' on the market
Lauren Heath-Jones
Alusid, a creator of eco-friendly surfaces, has partnered with Parkside to launch the Sequel range, the brand's first collection of ...
Mater partners with Ditzel family to create eco-friendly furniture using reclaimed plastic
The furniture uses plastic from recycled fishing nets
Lauren Heath-Jones
Mater, an ethical design brand based in Denmark, has launched a furniture collection made from plastic reclaimed from the ocean. ...
Volvo partners with Reef Lab Designs to encourage ocean biodiversity
The tiles are made from marine-grade concrete and recycled plastic fibres
Lauren Heath-Jones
Car manufacturer Volvo has partnered with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Reef Design Lab to create an environmentally-friendly ...
cladkit product news
David Rockwell partners with Jim Thompson for dream-inspired fabric collection
Rockwell has designed 12 multi-use fabrics inspired by dreams with long-time collaborator Jim Thompson
Lauren Heath-Jones
Renowned architect David Rockwell has created a collection of fabrics with long-time collaborator Jim Thompson. Called Dreams, the collection was ...
Water inspires Zaha Hadid Design x Rosenthal collaboration
The collection consists of three smaller collections: Weave, Strip and Lapp. Weave was inspired by 'the fluid lines of Zaha Hadid's sketching hand'
Lauren Heath-Jones
Zaha Hadid Design has partnered with porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal to create a new collection of vases. Called the Lapp collection, ...
Paul Kelley pushes 'technical boundaries' with modular furniture cube system
The system is designed to enable users to create multifunctional, adaptable pieces, where they are in complete control of the design and function of their furniture
Lauren Heath-Jones
British designer Paul Kelley has created a modular magnetic cube furniture system that enables users to create multifunctional, adaptable pieces, ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates