52-story SHoP-designed tower revealed for downtown Detroit

Hudson's Development by SHoP in Dowtown Detroit. (Bedrock)

Hudson’s Development by SHoP in Dowtown Detroit. (Bedrock)

New York City-based SHoP Architects, working with Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates, has released new information and renderings for a two-acre site in downtown Detroit. It has been some time since we have seen any new developments for the former site of the J.L.Hudson’s Department Store, and the few renderings available, and the fewer details about what was planned for the site has had Detroiters more than a bit curious. With this latest revelation, Detroit is looking at a much larger project than initially thought.

The SHoP-designed tower will be the tallest in Detroit. (Bedrock)

The SHoP-designed tower will be the tallest in Detroit. (Bedrock)

The development is proposed to feature 1.5 million gross square feet and a 734-foot-tall tower. If built that will be the new tallest building in the city. The development lists amenities including retail, residential, parking, and a community civic space. The project will also include what is being called an “experiential destination focusing on technology, arts, and culture.”

The Development will include residential, retail, and civic space. (Bedrock)

The Development will include residential, retail, and civic space. (Bedrock)

“The driving force behind our design for the Hudson’s site is to create a building that speaks to the rebirth of optimism in the city’s future and an experiential destination that positively impacts Detroit in a meaningful way,” said William Sharples, principal at SHoP, in a press release. “The building is conceived around a huge and inspiring new public space, a year-round civic square that, both in its architecture and its culture, will foster and convey the feeling we all share when we work together to imagine what this great city can become.”

The site of the new development was once home to one of Detroit’s largest retailers, Hudsons. The 25-story department store was at one time the tallest department story in the world. At over two million square feet, it was the anchor of the thriving Woodward avenue shopping corridor. With the declining economic state of Detroit in the 1970s, not even the retail giant could survive. The store was closed in 1983 and the building eventually imploded in 1998. Bedrock, the real estate firm co-founded by Detroit native Dan Gilbert, are developing the site.

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Woodward Avenue is the historic retail center of Detroit. (Bedrock)

“Our goal is to create a development that exceeds the economic and experiential impact even Hudson’s had on the city. We believe this project is so unique that it can help put Detroit back on the national – and even global – map for world-class architecture, talent attraction, technology innovation and job creation,” explained Gilbert as part of the announcement.

The Downtown Development Authority has approved a timeline which sets the ground breaking for the development on December 1st, 2017.

SHoP Architects to Design National Veterans Resource Complex at Syracuse University

SHoP Architects to Design National Veterans Resource Complex at Syracuse University, Courtesy of SHoP Architects
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Following the shortlisting of three finalists in January, Syracuse University announced today that SHoP Architects has been selected to design the new National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC). The winning proposal was selected by a jury led by Martha Thorne, Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prizeand Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid, beating out entries by Snøhetta andAdjaye Associates. The NVRC will serve as the headquarters of the University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), which has helped more than 48,000 veterans and military families.

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Planned for the western section of the Waverly block on the Syracuse University campus, the NVRC will serve as the new home of the Syracuse University and Regional Student Veteran Resource Center, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs “Vet-Success on Campus”, the National Center of Excellence for Veteran Business Ownership, Veteran Business Outreach Center and Accelerator, and Syracuse University’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, as well as provide offices for the Army and Air Force Reserve Training Corps.

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A part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative, the LEED-certified building will contain classrooms, a conference center and a 1,000-seat auditorium to host both local and national veteran-focused events designed to promote the success of the region’s and the nation’s veterans and military families. A new gallery space will also be included in the facility to exhibit the stories and legacy of American veterans at Syracuse University.

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“The programmatic demands on this building, its historic symbolism for the University, and the gateway role it will play on the campus,” adds SHoP Founding Partner William Sharples, “dictate a very high level of performance in its design—a building that is at once inviting to all and a specialized tool perfectly suited for the specific work that will take place there.”

The NVRC is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2019.

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Finalists of “Reimagine a NYC Icon” contest announced

Finalist VOA Architecture, PLLC and Werner Sobek New York Corp's proposal for the Met Life Building. Image: VOA Architecture, PLLC and Werner Sobek New York Corp. via PDF.

Finalist VOA Architecture, PLLC and Werner Sobek New York Corp’s proposal for the Met Life Building. Image: VOA Architecture, PLLC and Werner Sobek New York Corp. via PDF.

Back in September, we told you about a competition to conceive a redesign of the MetLife Building. Earlier this week, the six finalists of the “Reimagine a New York City Icon” competition were announced. The competition, sponsored by Metals in Construction magazine and the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York, isn’t part of any actual process in the works to modify the Midtown office tower, but are fascinating ideas of what could be. Perhaps these ideas will be put into use at other buildings.New York Yimby

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