‘Glass Mural’ office, retail building planned for Detroit’s Eastern Market

Glass Mural rendering.
Glass Mural rendering. (MVRDV)

DETROIT – A unique retail and office development is planned for Detroit’s Eastern Market.

A four-story building dubbed the “Glass Mural,” and inspired by the artistic expression of Eastern Market, is planned to be built directly across Eastern Market’s Shed 3, at the intersection of Russell and Division Street. Currently, the site is home to a two-story brick building that features a mural by local artist DENIAL.

Building designers MVRDV, a Netherlands-based group, is proposing “to visually preserve this artwork by recreating the mural and brick pattern on a new canvas made of glass – combining a larger version of the mural with images of the building’s brick pattern as a single image, stretched around all four sides of the building.”

MVRDV’s design for the 40,000-square-foot/3,716-square-meter building comprises a stack of shifting blocks, which becomes a canvas to build upon the area’s vibrant and creative character. Winy Maas, founding partner at MVRDV, said, “the proportions of the blocks refer and connect to the human-scale of Eastern Market.”

Glass Mural rendering. (MVRDV)

Operationally, Glass Mural will have a ground-level retail storefront, with three floors of offices dispersed throughout the two primary glass blocks with permanent artworks.

The third block will house circulation cores and access to the roof deck, which will be a fully occupiable amenity for office tenants.

Glass Mural rendering. (MVRDV)

About the Author: