Detroit gives contrast to Gilbert Hudson’s site tower

Designs for the upper levels of the skyscraper from Dan Gilbert’s long-awaited Hudson site project have been granted an exception by the City of Detroit to standard building requirements.

The skyscraper, now under construction at 1208 Woodward Ave.downtown, is set to contain luxury residences on top of a luxury “five-star” hotel.

As the building’s floor slabs will become increasingly smaller at upper floor levels, the project’s developer, Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate, sought a variation Wednesday from the city to normal Michigan building code rules.

Architects from Kendall Heaton Associates told members of the city’s Buildings Appeal Board, Department of Safety and Environmental Engineering, that slender tall buildings in cities like Austin, Texas, have similar designs and are safe.

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