New York City's award-wining SHoP Architects has been selected to lead the design process at the former site of downtown Detroit's iconic Hudson's Department Store. Investors Rock Ventures LLC announced that SHoP will be partnering with Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates to work on plans for a mix-used development on the vacant two-acre site on Woodward Avenue that is bordered by Grand River, Gratiot and Library Street in the city’s Central Business District.
Hudson’s was built in 1891 and served Detroiters for the next century. At its pinnacle, the store expanded to 25 stories and 2.2 million square feet. The store couldn’t survive the economic decline of downtown Detroit and shuttered in 1983 before being imploded in 1998. The site has been vacant until now.
SHoP Architects is behind several high-profile projects including Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn and the Google Headquarters in Silicon Valley. The design firm is currently working with James Corner Field Operations on developing the historic Domino’s Sugar Factory site on the East River in Brooklyn.
“Designing a signature architectural project from the ground up in downtown Detroit — or any great city — is an opportunity of a lifetime, and we are committed to getting it right,” said Dan Gilbert, chairman and founder of Rock Ventures.