Today marks the groundbreaking for new single family homes and a multi-family building we've designed over the last several months for the North End neighborhood of Detroit. The homes will be part of a larger development led by Develop Detroit that will include 52 new homes and 18 rehabbed homes in Detroit's North End and Grandmont Rosedale neighborhoods.
We have moved our office into the iconic Palms Building in downtown Detroit! We are inviting you to our Open House on Friday, November 17 from 4 to 9PM to share our growth, projects, and enthusiasm with you. The event will coincide with the Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony in Campus Martius Park. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Feel free to come before, during, or after the ceremony. Family and friends are welcome!
Public parking is available on Montcalm Street in the Fox Theater parking deck, or across the street to the West of Comerica Park. Upon arrival, enter the lobby through the doors under the Palms Building sign, just south of the Fillmore theater entrance. Take the stairway or elevator to the second floor, we are located on the Northeast corner, behind the Fillmore marquee.
The Coe in West Village will officially be open and occupied next week, with all units leased! The Coe represents a milestone for the City of Detroit as the first major construction project completed in a Detroit neighborhood, as well as a major milestone for Christian Hurttienne Architects. Follow the links to read more:
Throughout the month of September, our Bagley 10 condominium project will be featured in the first annual Detroit Design 139 exhibit in the ground floor lobby of 1001 Woodward Ave. in downtown Detroit. The exhibit will showcase projects that are currently being built or are planned too be built within the city limits. The Bagley 10 was chosen as an example of progressive urban design for its integration and interaction with the surrounding neighborhood, and will be among twenty other project that exemplify similar aspirations. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be on view until the end of September.
Our new office in downtown Detroit is nearing completion! After a three month build-out, all that remains to be done is fabricating millwork while we wait for furniture and fixtures to arrive. We will be moving into our new space on the second floor of the Palms Building at 2111 Woodward Ave. in mid-August.
We are thrilled to (finally!) announce our new Detroit location. Starting in July, our main office will be on the second floor of the Palms Building, above the Fillmore Theater marquee. We will be periodically updating this blog and our social media outlets with progress photos while we design and build-out the space.
We're proud to announce that the Ransom Gillis House Restoration we completed last year has been chosen to receive a 2017 AIA Michigan Building Award. We provided full architectural services for the once derelict mansion in Brush Park. The jury's comments included "Clearly executed with great care and commitment, this restoration fits nicely within the story of Detroit's rebirth."
Construction is underway at The Coe, our mixed-use project in West Village. The footings and foundations have been poured, and rough framing is beginning to take shape. In the coming weeks, the form of the buildings will become clear and start to redefine the corner of Van Dyke and Coe St. The development is scheduled be complete in the Fall of 2017, with units leasing in October.
Detroit's online news resource, Model D, recently named CHA's North Corktown Housing Development among the most exciting development to come in 2017. CHA has designed, and will be constructing five new modern houses in North Corktown. The development represents the first construction of new owner-occupied homes using traditional bank financing for Detroit in many years. Follow the link below to read more:
Christian Hurttienne Architects has been selected alongside several other local and national design firms for a new city initiative investing $1.6 million into revitalizing four Detroit neighborhoods, CHA will focus on the Islandview/Greater Villages area. The overall planning and design efforts will work towards Mayor Duggan's "20 minute neighborhoods" strategy with the development of affordable housing, improved landscapes and storm water management, infrastructure upgrades, and increased focus on economic development. The project is set to kick off in January 2017.
The City of Detroit's Planning Department has selected three design form partners to help create a vision for revitalizing its vacant commercial strips, and reducing the bureaucratic hurdles that can stand in the way of redevelopment. CHA, SmithGroup JJR, and LAAVU / Farr Associates / PlaceMakers were selected from among 38 high-quality submissions received from across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Pink Zoning Detroit is a research project that targets three commercial corridors in the city, for which the selected firms will create a vision for redevelopment. Then, those ideas will be tested against the City's existing approval processes to identify how City codes or regulations may be changed to make redevelopment simpler. Upon completion, the project's findings will be forwarded to the City Planning Commission and to City Council for their consideration.
The modern aesthetic of the Bagley 5 condominium project was deemed appropriate for Corktown - Detroit's oldest neighborhood - by the Detroit Historic Commission after heated debate. The decision marks a turning point in Detroit's architectural landscape towards a more progressive viewpoint of the relationships and values of historic and modern architecture within the same neighborhood.