Renaissance Center

Detroit, MI, USA 1977


Renaissance Center was designed as a multi-phase development to revitalize downtown Detroit after a period in which many businesses had abandoned the inner city. Located on a 35-acre site between the Detroit River and a 13-lane freeway, the design encompassed linking commercial, retail, residential and cultural components via a river walk. The master plan of this project oriented activity toward the Detroit River, buffering the noise of the freeway with a large landscaped berm that housed the mechanical and electrical systems for the complex. Pedestrian bridges over the freeway connect the activity of Renaissance Center with the activity of the rest of the city.

Phase I consisted of a 70-story, 1,298-room, cylindrical hotel tower with a revolving rooftop restaurant, and four 39-story office towers rising from a multi-story podium. Phase II was completed 12 years after Phase I, adding two more 21-story office towers.

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Status:  Built
Site Area:  35 acres (14 hectares)
Gross Building Area:  3,409,992 sf (316,799 sm)
Height:  417 - 726 ft (127 - 221 m)
Stories:  21 - 70