Design Practice Location:
Lumen Restaurant at Beacon Park, situated along Grand River Avenue, welcomes visitors into the centre of downtown Detroit. This urban revitalisation project and new public space was created to anchor the emerging neighbourhood, spur economic development and provide a quality place for the community in the surging and vibrant downtown district.
Central to its modern geometry are strong cantilevered roof forms gesturing towards the historic Grand Army of the Republic building and the park’s elliptical lawn, and a grand stair leading to a roof-deck on axis with the historic Book Tower Building. Connections to the park landscape are further created with a sustainable green roof and folding glass walls, which provide a flexible indoor-outdoor floor plan that supports restaurant seating. Alongside this there are options for adaptable uses such as food markets, musical performances, and community meetings.