Striking Red Cedar Covers The Façade of John R 2660 apartment building in Detroit | LOHA | American Architecture

John R 2660 apartment building in Detroit | LOHA | American Architecture

Located in Brish Park, Detroit, this unique John R 2660 apartment building is designed by American Architecture firm LOHA. The practice wraps the building facade in reddish cedar with floor-to glass ceiling windows. This project is the first of the four corner buildings that have been designed for the area by the firm. All four housing blocks have a unique form covered in either wood, brick, or metal. Each building is meant to add density while valuing the region's charm and history. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) is sharing here more details of this magnificent cedar wood building.

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John R 2660 apartment building in Detroit

Detroit's downtown district was a prosperous area in the 1850s but later became neglected. However, the area has experienced a revival with the construction of new buildings and the renovation of old ones in the recent years as a part of the City Modern development.

John R 2660 apartment building in Detroit

"We hope that our projects at Brush Park will be a model for revitalising an urban district." Said the team.

John R 2660 apartment building in Detroit

John R 2660 building is a corner rectangular property spanning 42,580 square feet (3,956 square metres) and comprises 35 residential units with a retail showroom on the ground floor.

John R 2660 apartment building in DetroitThe building has six stories with a stepped shape as per the region's different building scales.

Dynamic Angled Wall

Unlike the traditional boxy apartment buildings, this structure has an angled wall on the third level giving it a dynamic appearance.

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John R 2660 apartment building in Detroit

The charm of Red Cedar and Metal Coping

The firm has decorated the building façade with reddish cedar and stretches of glass. "Detroit's rich material palette inspired us to wrapped the building in a rhythm of thin vertical boards of Western red cedar and floor-to-ceiling windows," said the LOHA team.

John R 2660 apartment building in Detroit

The design team used horizontal bands with brownish metal coping to wrap each floor level. The metal coping helps to break down the massing.

John R 2660 apartment building in DetroitFurther, the dark-coloured vertical bar between the panes of glass in the window gives a posh look to the building.

Wider Pavement Area

One part of the street-level façade recedes inward at the ground level, creating an overhang and allowing for a larger sidewalk while also providing shelter and shade to them.

John R 2660 apartment building in Detroit

The entrance to the residential building is on the southern end of the building. Alongside it is the retail space that occupies the mass area of the ground level.

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the Rooms

The building encompasses studios to one- and two-bedroom units, stretching from 450 to 1,000 square feet (42 to 93 square metres). Each room is featured by 9.5-foot floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light and air to enter the space.

John R 2660 apartment building in Detroit

To increase the space, the firm pushed the bathrooms and kitchens against the corridor wall. This provided more sun exposure to the bedrooms and main living spaces.

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A Communal Terrace Overlooks Historic Victorian Mansion

On the third level, you can see a communal terrace that allows inhabitants to look over the remarkable Victorian mansion across the street.

John R 2660 apartment building in Detroit

"We saw this project as a platform to further expand the idea that buildings should be carefully woven into city life, not parachuted in," the team said.

Project Details

Architect: LOHA (Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects)
Landscape architect: Hamilton Anderson Associates
Civil engineer: Giffels Webster
Structural engineer: SDI Structures
MEP engineer: Strategic Energy Solutions
Photo Courtesy: Jason Keen


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