4130 CASS AVENUE
4130 Cass is a creative solution to building-restoration within a historic district. The deteriorated condition of the nearly 100-year old structure and modest construction budget necessitated a creative alternative to full-on historic reconstruction. Meanwhile, owner Adnan Chararra challenged D MET to deliver a contemporary and engaging design. The final design employs a fiber-cement rainscreen to cover and protect the existing masonry building while producing a beguiling building form.
A composition of creases and folds, and a variegated color scheme provides for a sense of movement and curiosity. Contextually, the façade relates to the depth (bay windows and cornices), heights, and material textures of the neighboring historic structures. Additionally, an arrangement of two storefront windows and a central recessed entrance is reinstated. The end result is a compelling and energetic contribution to an emerging creative district.
Client/Owner: Adnan Charrara
Contractor: The Monahan Company
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Building Type: Facade Renovation
Photography: David Lewinski