MVRDV to Bring the Stunning Glass Mural to Detroit

Known for its architectural design, Detroit sets the tone for collaborations that combine old and new styles. Combinations include 19th century masonry and arched doors with modern glass shop windows. Like the Kintsugi pottery, Detroit honors its original buildings and fills the cracks with a healing touch. This renovation and the construction of new buildings had enriched the city’s landscape in recent years. But for Detroit, named the first and only American UNESCO City of DesignThe architectural possibilities lie in the fulfillment of the artistic character and the wishes of the city while at the same time preserving its design ecosystem.

For John Patrick, the founder of Above the foldAs a PR and communications agency that represents architecture and design offices, attention-grabbing architecture is incredibly important for large cities. “You have to have these special projects in a global city, otherwise you are completely irrelevant,” he says. Above the Fold was largely involved in Core Citys True north, a nice, relatively new addition to Detroit’s architectural portfolio in the western quarter.

As a Detroit resident and attorney, Patrick wanted to bring more unique and artistic projects to the city after True North was completed. Last month, Firm Real Estate, a developer based in Eastern Market and Above the Fold, announced its collaboration with the progressive Dutch architectural firm. MVRDV. Renderings of the building, Glass muralshow breathtakingly modern design that will take shape from 2021.



Glass Mural will be revolutionary in nature according to MVRDV’s previous projects. The building will be erected on the Eastern Market directly opposite the famous 19th century farmers’ market and equipped with three stacked glass boxes of different sizes. Glass Mural, as the name suggests, will play its own role among Eastern Market’s eclectic and internationally recognized murals. The glass walls are constructed so that artist designs can be used as with any brick or concrete wall.

Glass Mural will feature two permanent murals from REFUSAL and Sheefy McFlyon the first two floors while leaving the third box or floor to transform over time with rotating murals. The deputy director, who leads the project together with the MVRDV partners Winy Maas and Frans de Witte, says Fedor Bron:

This building is being built in a living, positive energy environment. “He continues,” I don’t think it is [Glass Mural] In the beginning there is a continuity of this positive mood. This is a project that sits in the veins of MVRDV, creating a special place that takes its context into account.

MVRDV is familiar with both printing on glass and building with glass. In 2013 MVRDV brought Glass farm to live. This fairytale building is located in Schijndel, the Netherlands. The glass farm, which is made of glass and printed to look like brick, is reminiscent of farms in the Netherlands that suffered badly from the bombings of World War II.



Crystal houses in Amsterdamwhere the flagship Hermes Store is another building that Glass Mural was designed out of. For this development Delft University of Technology MVRDV’s glass blocks were stronger than concrete. Together with this design concept, the glass blocks convey a feeling of delicate beauty, as they form a clear facade and slowly merge into traditional terracotta bricks.

These two concepts combined to form a unique Detroit-inspired idea that is said to be revolutionary for the city. Patrick speaks about

MVRDV is a world class company that has carried out similar projects in other parts of the world and it will be an honor to do your part in the city.

Glass Mural is positioned to give Detroit’s Kintsugi landscape an in-depth dynamic. Not only will its lines bring together very different building designs, but they will also weave Detroiters together over the years. “I really love this project,” says Bron, “it’s a hidden gem to me and I really hope Detroit sees it that way too.” It is really something special to bring the past, present and future together in one building. “


Dusty Kennedy