New bids for SHoP’s mega-development have been revealed in downtown Detroit

    Detroit-based property management firm Bedrock has revealed a slew of new designs depicting both the exterior and interior design of the massive new mixed-use development underway in the heart of downtown Motor City.

    The 1.5-million-square-foot scheme includes a recently constructed mid-rise office building and an adjacent glass tower that rises slowly but steadily in a prominent location on Woodward and Gratiot Avenues that was once home to the giant tall pioneer. Defunct Hudson department store chain. Designed by Smith, Henchman, and Grills, this storied Detroit establishment closed in 1983 and was demolished more than a decade later in 1998 during an almost controlled implosion. At the height of the mid-20th century, Hudson was ranked the world’s tallest retail/department store building at 32 stories (!) and was only second in terms of total size to Macy’s New York pioneer at nearly 2.2. million square feet.

    Rendering of a large glass tower next to a smaller office building
    Once completed, the hotel and apartment tower on the site of the old Hudson Store will be Michigan’s second tallest. (Courtesy of SHoP Architects)

    Likewise, the escalating development at the old Hudson site is similarly better Big. Joined by Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates, SHoP Architects is leading the design of the two buildings that together comprise an entire apartment block north of Campus Martius Park with a public plaza in between. The tower, which includes a 227-room luxury hotel surmounted by more than 100 condominiums, will eventually rise 685 feet above the city. After postmodern Philip Johnson and John Bergery outperform the Allie Detroit Center (nee One Detroit Center) at just 60 feet, the tower will be the new The second tallest skyscraper in Detroit – and all of Michigan – behind the central tower of the Renaissance Center complex. Work began on the downtown development—now known as the Hudson Site—in 2017; Since March of last year, the height of the tower has been steadily creeping up to its current height of nearly 200 feet.

    Directly adjacent to the tower facing Woodward Avenue, will be the mid-rise squat office building, which will include approximately 408,000 square feet of office space with large adaptive floor panels and floor-to-ceiling windows. Detroit-based commercial interior design studio Pophouse is leading the design of office public spaces, including the high-rise central lobby, with a focus on future tenants of “technological advances.” (The founder and creative director of Pophouse is Jennifer Gilbert, wife of Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures; Bedrock is the real estate arm of Rock Ventures.)

    Displaying retail storefronts along a busy street
    Retail storefront along Woodward Street. (courtesy of Pophaus)

    It is incorporated on the second and third floors of the office building to be a 126,000 square foot event space capable of accommodating intimate events and large-scale affairs for up to 2,500 people. Furthermore, the art-filled plot yard between the residential tower and the office building will be lined up at ground level for retail, dining and exhibition space. Additional public space will be found on the rooftop terrace above the office building, where Bedrock plans food and beverage options in a setting that promises to be “one of Detroit’s most unique experiences for residents and visitors.”

    Street view of a proposed tower in Detroit
    Street view of the Hudson site development as seen from Woodward Street on East Grand River Avenue. (Courtesy of SHoP Architects)

    “The significance of this development goes beyond its unique and distinctive physical presence,” Bedrock CEO Kofi Bonner said in a statement. “Once complete, along with great views, the project will provide premium office, residential, hotel and event spaces with carefully curated dining and entertainment experiences. But most importantly, the project will anchor the transformation of the historic Woodward Corridor and embody the re-emergence of Detroit. The revitalization of the most central location in Detroit will become a must-see site that will generate beautiful memories of Detroit and its visitors for generations to come.”

    Other notable Bedrock-owned properties, many of which are renovating historic Detroit skyscrapers, include 1001 Woodward, Book Tower, Chrysler House, David Stott Building, and Minoru Yamasaki-designed One Woodward.

    AN It will continue to track the development of the transformative Hudson site as it progresses toward completion, scheduled for 2024.