The Flats at 124 Alfred

The Flats at 124 Alfred were the first of six apartment buildings to open at the City Modern development in Detroit's historic Brush Park neighborhood. HAA served as architect for the innovative affordable housing project, which features a variety of sustainable elements and is designed for residents aged 55 and older.
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Architecture / Interior Design / Site Design / 2019

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The five-story, 81,686 SF development features a total of 54 one- and two-bedroom units and below-grade parking. Additionally, 18 percent of the units are Type A Accessible, which exceeds standards set by the International Code Council. "

The five-story, 81,686 SF development features a total of 54 one- and two-bedroom units and below-grade parking. Additionally, 18 percent of the units are Type A Accessible, which exceeds standards set by the International Code Council. The building is designed to meet Enterprise Green Community’s sustainability criteria and meets EnergyStar performance standards.

Using the City of Detroit’s industrial heritage and nearby historic homes as inspiration, the HAA team designed a contextually responsive building which employs playful massing that mediates the larger scale along John R and single-family scale along Alfred Street. The exterior features textured primary skin with metal red and a brick base at retail and walk-up level, which compliments Brush Park’s predominantly red palette. Custom metal screens for cost-saving heating units were created by the design team, adding an additional facade element.

This hand drawn diagram illustrates the process the design team employed while envisioning the building’s facade.

The interior of the units were intentionally designed with a muted palette to absorb the colors and desires of tenants. Units feature floor-to-ceiling windows to bring in natural light and provide tenants with superior views of the neighborhood. Most units also feature a walk-out balcony.

There are numerous in-unit and shared amenities for tenants, including a ground floor bike room; an outdoor terrace on the fifth (top) floor offering a view of Downtown Detroit; a meeting room; community kitchen; and exercise room.

HAA also provided the master plan for City Modern — a $100 million, 8.4-acre project in the Brush Park neighborhood which consists of 24 buildings and is projected to open 410 new units in total. The development also includes townhomes, carriage homes, duplettes and historic homes.

In the news:

First building at City Modern opens—and it’s exclusively affordable housing for seniors

Officials celebrate the opening of the Flats in historic Brush Park

Affordable senior apartment complex opens in Detroit’s historic Brush Park

Detroit’s newest affordable senior apartment has its first resident 

First of 6 apartment buildings complete at City Modern development

Photos courtesy of Bedrock. 

Disciplines

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Site Design

Type(s)

  • Housing

Services

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Urban Design

Client

  • BEDROCK

LOCATION

  • Detroit, MI
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