Iodent Building & Centaur Bar

The adaptive re-use of the historic Iodent Building in Detroit, Michigan created a  restaurant/bar on the ground level with residential lofts above within the 8-story, 33,300 sf building.

The first level of the Iodent Building is divided into two commercial spaces, split by the historic lobby. The north tenant space, the Centaur Bar, is a two-level full service bar, with seating on both floors.  The restaurant/bar functions draws from the already active nightlife surrounding the Fox Theatre, Second City, the Fillmore Theatre, and the Town Pump @ Park Avenue House.  The south tenant space is used for a smaller commercial venue, Hot Taco. The lobby was restored to its historic character, providing access to the upper floor lofts. General storage is accommodated in the basement.

The upper floors are designed to house loft apartments. The units are competitive in leasing rates and quality of space to those currently in the Detroit market. Residential tenants enjoys the proximity to the restaurant and other spin-off developments on the lower floors, as well as the nearby stadium and theatre district projects. The loft units on the upper floors were designed by Steve Flum Architects.

The challenge of the Centaur Bar was tying the 1st Floor to the 2nd Floor and make it one unifying space.  There was just enough floor to floor height at the 1st Floor to insert a mezzanine which provided access between the 1st and 2nd Floor.  A large floor opening was cut into the 2nd Floor and a custom light fixture, which the owner commissioned and designed, is visible at all three levels of the bar.

The 1st Floor Bar at Night
The 1st Floor Bar at Night
Typical Floor Plan
Typical Floor Plan
This is where we started!
This is where we started!

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