We've been working in partnership with Phoenix Haus over the past several months to design and build a model of energy efficient housing in Detroit. Phoenix Haus is a Detroit-based company that designs and fabricates energy-efficient building systems that use passive energy from the sun and an integrated building assembly to reduce the amount of energy needed to condition a house by 90% compared to a standard house of equal size. The 'H Haus' will be built in conjunction with four other houses developed by CHA on scattered sites in Detroit's North Corktown neighborhood in late summer of 2017.
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.
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.