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 St.
The exterior features textured primary skin with metal red and brick base at retail and walk-up level, which compliments Brush Park’s predominantly red palette. The street facades feature double height recesses to accommodate both variation in building program and playful unit distribution. The recessed balconies lined in red metal panels contrast with the primary skin of multi-toned gray vertical panels. Custom metal screenings for cost-saving heating units were created by the design team adding an additional façade element.
The interior of the units were intentionally designed with 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 recessed 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.
Designed as a healthy and sustainable living environment, 124 Alfred will exceed Enterprise Green community standards in the areas of site, water conservation, energy efficiency and sustainable materials.
124 Alfred is occupied to capacity. Residents are engaged in the building and community that surrounds it. And as an anchor of the innovative City Modern Detroit, a new precedent has been set for affordable housing in downtown Detroit.
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