Location: Detroit, MI
Scope: Entry / Lobby & Building Renovation
Status: Schematic Design
Original Architect: Daniel Burnham
Located at the heart of Detroit’s vibrant downtown, the Ford Building was once “one of the most complete and elaborate office buildings in the world” and an integral part of the fabric of downtown since its opening in 1908. Designed by architect Daniel Burnham during the new era of the City Beautiful movement, the historic structure was once the headquarters of the Ford Glass Company. Clad in glazed terra-cotta with accents of white marble, the original architectural exterior remains pristine today with its subtle Neo-Classical ornamentation. The Ford Building will now undergo construction for a modernized entry and lobby to serve as a gateway for users. New, streamlined glass turnstiles and canopy with dynamic signage bring light and visibility inside to create a revitalized presence and balance with the Ford's historic architecture. A hung-glass ceiling filters light throughout the lobby as a modern chandelier that pays homage to the role of the building’s original namesake in the glass industry.