Cass & York Mixed Use Development

VolumeOne’s design for 112 dwelling units of various types, communal spaces and roof gardens as well as commercial spaces will be the characteristic contribution to the New Amsterdam Historic District in Detroit’s Midtown. The relationship to the historic context, especially the Cadillac Sales and Service building offers the opportunity to re-densify the urban fabric with medium rise residential and mixed use typologies in form of a perimeter block. The street frontages reference the existing buildings and generate a dense, yet interactive urban space. In conjunction with the Firestone Service Station, former Wayne State University Book Store, the new buildings form an urban plaza in the northern extent of the University district.

The project aims at the ‘missing middle’ of mid-rise, medium density housing, continuing the effort to generate walkable urban spaces with a critical density to support a neighborhood identity, the opportunity to offer amenities, and generate sustainable social networks and financial viability.

Building Type: Mixed Use, Residential, and Commercial
Detroit, Michigan, USA
The Platform Detroit
Service: Urban Design, Architectural Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design
Floor Area:
150,000 sqft / 13,935 sqm (112 Units)
December 2015
A part of: Antoinette Student Housing, Lot 11 Parking Structure, and Cass & York Sales Gallery

Lars Gräbner, Christina Hansen, Matthew Biglin, Xi Liao, Manzi Yang, Manasvi Bachhav, Xinying Li, José Arturo Joglar-Cadilla

Architect of Record:
McIntosh Poris Associates

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