The Northern Group, a New York-based real estate company, has unveiled plans to develop a multi-million dollar residential, retail and entertainment complex in the heart of downtown Detroit. The firm roped in Anthony Caradonna, a professor at Pratt Institute, to conceptualize the project named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac — the French explorer who founded Detroit in 1701.
The structure would feature a 12-storey base containing retail, cinemas, health club and spa, restaurants along with 800 parking spaces! Two 24-storey sculpted glass-and-steel apartment towers containing 84 rental units, will be mounted on the base. The two asymmetrically rounded towers, tapering from top to bottom, will be faced with transparent glass with embedded solar fibers to give the structure a shimmering appeal, while the 12-storey base podium will be faced with a greenish glass.
Already considered among the most spectacular architectural works built in Detroit since the Renaissance Centre designed by John Portman in the mid-1970s, the Cadillac Centre will complete a circle of new towers around Detroit’s historical central square, Campus Martius. The project is expected to be fully complete by 2011.
Source: Arch Record