The Flats at 124 Alfred at City Modern Detroit

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 which consists of 24 buildings and 410 new units. The development includes townhomes carriages homes, duplettes and historic homes.
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Architecture / Interior Design / 2019


The five- story, 81,686 SF development features 54-one and two-bedroom units for residents aged 55 and older who earn between $15,000 and $30,000 a year"

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.

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


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