Senin, 11 Juli 2011

Renaissance Center General Motors, Detroit Michigan

Architects for the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit include John Portman, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill SOM, Gensler SmithGroup, Ghafari Associates, and Morris E. Harrison as engineer. The seven Modernist skyscrapers are arranged symmetrically on an axis from the city out into Lake Erie. The central hotel rises 73 floors, 727 ft and has 1,298 rooms. The subtlety lighted glass walkway winds up in a circle and connects with other walkways. This light mezzanine path contrasts with the heavy concrete pillars standing solemnly throughout the vast lobby space. The moment of these structural members meeting the floor is punctuated by a glowing ring. Barreled skylights above afford vast views of the towering building.

This General Motors Wintergarden atrium opened in 2001 and rises 103 ft. It was part of the $500 million renovation that finished in 2003. The 20,000 sq ft conference center has a similar barrel vaulted skylight below the tower. The entire project was first completed in 1971 at a cost of $500 and revitalized a quickly diminishing local economy. It brought it plenty of income for the community but many argue that it alienated the vast surrounding city and contributed to its decay. Apparently the recent renovation wasn't so successful either!

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