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mixed use

FEATURE

The Monroe
Blocks, Detroit
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ocated at the center of the spokes that connect
greater Detroit, the Monroe Blocks development

will combine what the developer says to be downtown
Detroit's first high-rise office tower in a generation with
more than 480 residential units.
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Copenhagen,
has been working in close collaboration with
developer Bedrock Detroit, local architects Neumann
Smith, engineering firm Buro Happold, and landscape
architects SLA to imagine a development that reestablishes historic alleyways, introduces new public
plazas and green space, and prioritizes the public
realm indoors and out. The new office tower will offer
a combination of large floor plates, tall ceiling heights,
and access to sunlight currently unusual in downtown
Detroit.
Monroe Blocks will make a diverse reflection
on urban life, according to Schmidt Hammer Lassen.
The mix of uses allows space for varied activities
complementing each other to make safe, vibrant 24hr. public spaces. Functions include office, residential,

Above. Central to the Monroe Blocks development is a 35-story office tower facing Campus Martius. Monroe Blocks will
feature retail, residential, and public plazas and green space. Image: Schmidt, Hammer, Lassen Architects, Bedrock Detroit
Below. The mix of uses allows space for varied activities complementing each other to make safe, vibrant 24-hr. public
spaces. Image: Schmidt, Hammer, Lassen Architects, Bedrock Detroit

high-street retail, grocery stores and food markets,
entertainment, sport and leisure facilities, and the
potential for exhibition spaces and performance
venues.
The Monroe Blocks project connects some of
the city's key central public spaces: Cadillac Square,
Campus Martius, Library Square, and Woodward
Avenue. These new connections will not only bind the
city center but will also enrich, strengthen, and unify
the already popular public spaces, according to an
SHL news release.
"What we're doing from a public space standpoint
within the development is going to be special," said
Dan Mullen, president of Bedrock's real estate arm.
"It's not just a big, tall building. It's a big, tall building
that interacts with street level and public spaces
throughout. There's going to be different pods and
nods of great spaces to hang out and for people to get
together."
The Monroe Blocks development is set to break
ground in early 2018 and will complete in early 2022.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture October 2017

The Architects
Shaping Neighborhoods
Local Atmosphere
Concrete Tile Roof Caps Renovation
Decking Provides Venue Views
Exteriors Products
After The Storm
Lofty Windows
Glass Spans Mixed-Use Development
Smart Glass Delivers Airport Comfort
Windows & Doors Products
Solar-Thermal/Tankless Water Heating Is LEED Platinum
UV Technology Fights Infection
Co-Gen Delivers Comfort At Ronald McDonald House
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Contemporary Lighting, Outdoor Dining
Low Voltage, LEDs Meet Sustainable Goals
Lighting & Electrical Products
Polished-Concrete Floor Reveals Natural Beauty
Interiors Products
Building Technology Products
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover2
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - The Architects
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Shaping Neighborhoods
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Local Atmosphere
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Concrete Tile Roof Caps Renovation
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Decking Provides Venue Views
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Exteriors Products
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - After The Storm
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Lofty Windows
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Glass Spans Mixed-Use Development
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Smart Glass Delivers Airport Comfort
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Windows & Doors Products
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Solar-Thermal/Tankless Water Heating Is LEED Platinum
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 41
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 42
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - UV Technology Fights Infection
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 44
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Co-Gen Delivers Comfort At Ronald McDonald House
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - HVAC & Plumbing Products
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Contemporary Lighting, Outdoor Dining
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Low Voltage, LEDs Meet Sustainable Goals
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Lighting & Electrical Products
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Polished-Concrete Floor Reveals Natural Beauty
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Interiors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 61
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Building Technology Products
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Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Showcase
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Index
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Portfolio
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