We just got wind of an exciting new project for Detroit - a boutique shipping container hotel, co-working facility and community event space all wrapped into one. Construction will begin on Collision Works in 2013 and the facility will support the arts and food-centric Eastern Market community. The multidisciplinary design group, which includes New York architecture firm KOOP.AM, wants to provide a place for travelers as well as space for the community to gather, collaborate and forge a new future for Detroit.
Collision Works is a project under development to create a boutique hotel and mixed use space for community use. Originally called The Detroit Hotel Project, the facility will have 36 hotels rooms built from shipping containers to create an eclectic, artistic and truly unique space. The designers, aided by the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and KOOP.AM, who has experience building with containers, chose the modular building material because of Detroit’s history with import and export of goods. They also felt that the material was very durable, would cost less, and was faster to build with than standard construction techniques.
The goal of Collision Works is to provide space for travelers coming to Detroit to experience or aid in the renewal. Additionally, the community wants more space in which to gather and collaborate, support mentoring programs and share stories and experiences. Collision Works is working towards B Corporation status and will operate their business with equal interest towards economic, social and environmental success. Currently the group is working on design and pre-construction and construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2013. If all goes as planned, you could book a room for fall of 2013.
Via Curbed Detroit
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