Southfield Town Center

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Southfield Town Center
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Southfield Town Center
General information
Type office/hotel/retail
Architectural style Modern architecture
Location Southfield-Detroit
United States
Coordinates 42°28′35.8″N 83°14′43″W / 42.476611°N 83.24528°W / 42.476611; -83.24528Coordinates: 42°28′35.8″N 83°14′43″W / 42.476611°N 83.24528°W / 42.476611; -83.24528
Construction started 1975
Completed 1989
Owner Blackstone Group
Technical details
Floor count 32 story tower
28 story tower
28 story tower
20 story tower
12 story hotel
Floor area 2.2 million ft² office complex
(204,400 m²)
(total excludes 33 story residential tower)
Design and construction
Architect Neuhaus & Taylor
3D International (3D/I)
Sikes Jennings Kelly & Brewer
References
[1]

The Southfield Town Center is a cluster of five interconnected skyscrapers forming a contemporary 2,200,000 square feet (204,400 m2) office complex in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Michigan. It includes the Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel, restaurants, a fitness center, and a major conference center for up to 1,000 attendees. This office-hotel complex is situated along Town Center Drive off the John C. Lodge Freeway, across from Lawrence Technological University in the Metro Detroit, with many of its tallest buildings named after their addresses along the road. Separately, there is a 33 story luxury residential high-rise at 5000 Town Center. The American Center, another 26 story office tower near the confluence of I-696 and M-10, is not part of the complex.

The Town Center is across from the Civic Center, and is located between West 10 Mile Road and Interstate 696, John C. Lodge Freeway, and Evergreen Road, as well as being close to the Mixing Bowl.

An enclosed two-story garden atrium connects the hotel with the towers of the Southfield Town Center. The atrium area also contains 94,000 square feet (8,700 m2) of retail space. The atrium area is available for large conferences and weddings.

History[edit]

Planners adapted the Town Center location to avoid protected wetland areas. The original route for the I-696 freeway placed it along 1012 Mile Road southeast of 11 Mile and Greenfield Roads. Recognizing the value of a large office complex and its tax revenue, city planners built a new city hall complex near 1012 Mile Road on the east side of Evergreen.

Highway planners re-routed the freeway to run along 11 Mile Road. This delayed construction, but freed up the land to build the first phase, then called the Prudential Town Center (Prudential Life Insurance Company played a major role) with the first skyscraper, 3000 Town Center completed in 1975. A six-lane freeway ramp nearby remained half-completed for about 10 years in order to modify the route to accommodate the massive Town Center project. Additional towers were constructed in 1979, 1983, 1986, 1987, and 1989.

Location[edit]

The Southfield Town Center is located diagonally across Evergreen Road and Civic Center Drive (1012 Mile Road) from the complex that houses the Southfield City Hall, government offices, courthouse, the contemporary Southfield Public Library, a 9-hole public golf course, a city park and dedicated sports areas, a nature trail, an historic farm property, and an indoor ice rink / olympic-size swimming pool & recreation center. Lawrence Technological University is directly across the John C. Lodge M-10 Freeway from the center.

A variety of contemporary, high-rise office buildings surround the immediate area. Multiple connecting freeways in the vicinity facilitate its central access to the metro region. The property, which abuts the John C. Lodge M-10 Freeway, is one-half mile from the Reuther/I-696/I-96 freeway, and is near the Southfield Freeway, I-275, the Chrysler/I-75 freeway, Woodward Avenue / Dixie Highway, and Telegraph Road. Desirable upscale communities of The Village of Franklin, Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and Farmington Hills are nearby. The City of Royal Oak which is about 4 miles (6.4 km) away contains many streetside shops, upscale restaurants, theaters, and the Detroit Zoo. Detroit's Renaissance Center is about a 15-minute drive. Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is about a 20-minute drive. Public transportation is provided by the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART). The Town Center is proximate to major malls in the area by freeway including, Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Somerset Collection in Troy, and Northland Center in Southfield. Providence Hospital in Southfield is nearby.

Residential high-rises and varieties of mid-density housing are within walking distance. The surrounding Southfield area contains single-family homes, many with brick ranch style architecture.

Architecture[edit]

The complex is an interconnected cluster of skyscrapers with an ornamental golden glass exterior, each with a different geometric configuration forming a Modern architectural style with Postmodern influences. The Modern styled buildings contain distinctive elements of High-Tech architecture. The complex contains fine restaurants and gift shops which support its function as a major conference center. Inside, the Westin hotel opens to a large enclosed garden atrium area which connects the Town Center buildings and is available for catering and large events. An aerial view of the separate 5000 Town Center residential high-rise resembles a mirrored pair of grand pianos. As a result, many residents have geometric rooms and common hallways, albeit with picturesque views of the surrounding wooded landscape and Civic Center Park. The complex contains ample parking space in adjoining garages.

Technical details[edit]

Name Images Height
feet / m
Floors Year Area
sq feet / m²
Notes
3000 Town Center Southfield Town Center 3000.jpg 402 / 122 32 1975 533,982 / 49,609 The 3000 Town Center is the second tallest building in the state of Michigan outside of Detroit. Architects Neuhaus & Taylor, 3D International designed the tower using the Modern architectural style. The design exhibits strong cross braces over its golden glass and steel. It was the first phase of the Town Center.[2]
1000 Town Center Southfield Town Center 1000.jpg 395 / 120 28 1989 598,232 / 55,578 The 1000 Town Center was designed with a Modern architectural style using golden glass. Sikes Jennings Kelly & Brewer served as the architects. The tower is an office center for Fifth Third Bank.[2]
2000 Town Center Southfield Town Center 2000.jpg 370 / 113 28 1986 556,723 / 51,721 The 2000 Town Center contains the Skyline Club, an upscale business club and restaurant, located on the top floor (28). The golden glass tower is a polygonal with the top third of one corner truncated in a step-back pattern, designed with a Modern architectural style. Sikes Jennings Kelly & Brewer served as the architects.[2] The Consulate of Macedonia in Detroit is in Suite 1130 at 2000 Town Center.[3] Previously Northwest Airlines had an office in Suite 240 of 2000 Town Center.[4]
5000 Town Center Southfield Town Center 5000.jpg 328 / 100 33 1983 NA The 5000 Town Center is a high rise residential tower and reflects a Modern architectural style. It has an undulating plan, somewhat like a figure-eight. When it was built, this tower was divided into 216 individual units. Due to the merging of a some units, it now has 204 residences. Solomon Cordwell Buenz & Associates served as the architects.[2]
4000 Town Center Southfield Town Center 4000.jpg 270 / 82 20 1979 386,293 / 35,888 The 4000 Town Center is a 20 story tower and is the shortest of the Town Center office buildings. It was built in the Modern architectural style, showing a heavy use of golden glass on its exterior. Neuhaus & Taylor, 3D International served as the architects.[2]
1500 Town Center Southfield Town Center 1000 1500.jpg 12 1987 NA The Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel interconnects with the office complex. The golden glass high-rise has 385 units/rooms and hosts conferences for up to 1,000 attendees. Sikes Jennings Kelly & Brewer designed the hotel in the Modern architectural style.[2]
Atrium garden Southfield Town Center 1000 2000.jpg 2 1979 94,000 / 8,733 The atrium complex connects the complex and contains retail shops along with the Musashi International (Japanese) restaurant with the Westin's Tango restaurant at the other end of the grand hallway.[2]
Southfield Town Center Southfield Town Center3.jpg 402 / 122 2,200,000 / 204,400 The total area excludes residential Tower 5000. The facility serves as a major conference center hosting up to 1,000 attendees. Blackstone Group owns the Town Center complex.[2]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Southfield Town Center at SkyscraperPage
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Southfield". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Macedonia." Consular Corps of Detroit. Retrieved on January 26, 2009.
  4. ^ "Ticket Offices and Phone Numbers." Northwest Airlines. June 13, 1998. Retrieved on November 20, 2012. "Northwest Airlines 2000 Towne Center Suite 240 Southfield, MI 48075"

References[edit]

  • Fisher, Dale (1994). Detroit: Visions of the Eagle. Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 0-9615623-3-1. 
  • Fisher, Dale (2005). Southeast Michigan: Horizons of Growth. Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 1-891143-25-5. 
  • Meyer, Katherine Mattingly and Martin C.P. McElroy with Introduction by W. Hawkins Ferry, Hon A.I.A. (1980). Detroit Architecture A.I.A. Guide Revised Edition. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1651-4. 

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