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Stanton Yards: an arts campus on the Detroit waterfront

Commissioned by the Library Street Collective art gallery, the project is part of a major urban regeneration plan for this brownfield site on the Detroit River. The expected completion date is 2027

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Stanton Yards, a new arts Campus for Detroit
By Editorial Staff -

Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Status: ongoing
Site Area: 11.150 m2
Building Area: 3900 m2
Building Area
Client: Library Street Collective
Architect: SO-IL
Design Team: Florian Idenburg, Amin Tadj, Demetri Lampris, Pa Ramyarupa

Consultants
Masterplan and Landscape: Office of Strategy + Design (OSD)
Structural: Silman Associates
Civil: Giffels Webster

Rendering by Bloomscape, courtesy of SO-IL

Stanton Yards - SO-IL Rendering by Bloomscape, courtesy of SO-IL
 

Detroit’s historic Little Village neighborhood is home to a true citadel of the arts that’s part of a major urban regeneration project on the banks of the Detroit River. The work of SO–IL, the most recent planned addition to the site is a multi-use arts space. Hosting workshops, spaces for the performing arts, galleries, and educational facilities, the space will establish an ongoing dialogue with the city.

The masterplan for Stanton Yards, which takes its name from the nearby marina, was the work of OSD (Office Strategy + Design) and will see the creation of an arts hub occupying some 13 acres (5 ha). The project aims to breathe new life into Detroit’s industrial waterfront through the creation of cultural and retail spaces, and extensive gardens. SO–IL’s contribution is an adaptive reuse project involving four industrial buildings of different sizes, which will be transformed into an arts hub.

Stanton Yards - SO-IL Rendering by Bloomscape, courtesy of SO-IL

 

A new identity for the Stanton Yards marina

Commissioned by the Library Street Collective art gallery, the complex designed by SO-IL will form a triptych with two other structures, also used by the gallery, created inside a former church and a former bakery and warehouse. The anticipated completion date is 2027.

The heart of the new campus will be a central courtyard, which will provide access to all four buildings and the marina. It will also host community events, art installations, and leisure activities. The main access point is the entry plaza on Jefferson Avenue, which was designed to give the campus a new public identity.

Through the reorganization of indoor and outdoor spaces, the restyling of building façades, and the use of materials such as reinforced concrete, steel, and brick, the new arts campus will reflect the industrial past of its site as much as its new function, giving form to an evolving urban landscape that’s projected towards the future.

 

>>> Also discover Common Thread, the installation that marks SO-IL’s debut at the Bruges Triennial, on display through September 1, 2024

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