Outspread roads, ample land, and low-rise buildings are traits that distinguish Motor City from other metropolitan areas. Located in the Core City neighborhood, the Caterpillar emphasizes Detroit’s unique urban texture. Nestled in a tranquil green setting, the eight-unit residential building eschews invasiveness with its striking yet humble architecture. For developer Prince Concepts and architect Ish Rafiuddin, subtlety is key, especially when introducing new construction to a rapidly developing area.
“Open land is synonymous with Detroit, and we had to elevate that aspect,” says Rafiuddin, the founder of the local firm, Undecorated. “While density creates social engagement in other cities, here, there are pauses between concentrated destinations, and Core City is one of them.” His firm’s name, he notes, reflects an emphasis on function over decoration in architecture. “I am interested in the present, not the wrapping paper around it.”
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