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City Apartment in Detroit, Michigan

May 2, 2021

City Apartment, Detroit

Design: M1DTW Architects

Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA

City Apartment Detroit, Michigan

The City Apartment is a comprehensive interior renovation of a 1600 square foot apartment located on the 8th floor of the Gunnar Birkerts designed 1300 Building, in Lafayette Park, Detroit. The unit, originally a 4 bedroom that had been converted into a 3 bedroom apartment, was otherwise unaltered from its original configuration, fixtures, and
finishes from the mid-60s.

City Apartment Detroit, Michigan

The perimeter was left intact, and renovations focused on the core, including an expansion of the kitchen, and a reconfiguration of the master suite. With sweeping views extending from Belle Isle to the east, across Lafayette Park, and to Downtown to the northwest, the material palette is deliberately restrained, in contrast to the changing and dynamic landscape outside.

City Apartment Detroit, Michigan

Oak hardwood floors throughout provide warmth and continuity, while other finishes act as touchpoints within the kitchen and baths.

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A cellular kitchen and adjacent dining area were opened and combined in order to create a large area for cooking and entertaining, with millwork serving to conceal services or chase spaces. Minor refinements were made to walls to provide a more expansive and versatile master bath with adjacent closet wall that serves as a headboard for the master bed.

City Apartment Detroit, Michigan

Simultaneously private and removed from the city, the dressing area is positioned to overlook the morning-illuminated canopy of Lafayette Park to the north. In total, the moves allow the apartment to adapt to contemporary modes of living, paying tribute to the building’s modernist history, while extending the useful life of the unit for decades to come.

City Apartment Detroit, Michigan

City Apartment in Detroit – Building Information

Architects: M1DTW Architects

Project size: 1600 ft2
Completion date: 2017

City Apartment Detroit, Michigan

Photography: Nev Muftari

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA

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