Little Caesars Arena

Little Caesars Arena serves as the heart of a new downtown entertainment destination called The District Detroit. Construction began in 2015, and the 816,000-square-foot multi-purpose arena, which is the home venue for both the Detroit Pistons and Red Wings, officially opened in September of 2017. HAA was responsible for the construction documentation of the building envelope and low roofs of the arena; the core and shell of outbuildings AB and C; the 482,000-square-foot parking structure; and the elevated walkway and video board in the Chevrolet Plaza.
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Architecture / Interior Design / 2017

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Along with being home to the Detroit Pistons and Red Wings, Little Caesars Arena also hosts other sporting events, concerts and entertainment year round. "

Weaving a building of this scale into the neighborhood involved pressing the main concourse, also called the Via, down to street level. Doing so provided access to restaurants and businesses from the street and from within the arena. Over half of the arena’s street frontage is lined with multi-story buildings with at-grade retail and restaurants and office spaces above, creating a unique opportunity for activity during nonevent times.

The arena’s exterior employs a deconstructed design that breaks up what would traditionally be an imposing superblock down to a scale that blends into its surrounding context. Also important in achieving a blended aesthetic is a rich palette of materials, including metal panel systems, cast stone, natural stone, and 16 different colors and sizes of clay brick. With input from Street-Works Development, HOK assembled the design documentation for the complex façade, which has over 15 variations in architectural expression around the building’s perimeter.

Disciplines

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design

Type(s)

  • Hospitality
  • Retail

Services

  • Architecture
  • Architecture - Design and Documentation
  • Construction Contract Administration
  • Interior Design

Client

  • OLYMPIA DEVELOPMENT OF MICHIGAN, LLC

LOCATION

  • DETROIT, MI
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