The Contemporary Apartments lie in the shadow of one of Detroit’s most venerated examples of modern architecture and urban planning – Mies Van der Rohe’s Lafayette Park. The contemporary and energy efficient design of these three mid-rise buildings use an exterior insulated open joint rainscreen, insulated glazing, live roof, and locally glazed brick cladding at the lobby entrances. Design of this high-density development includes unique and careful consideration of outdoor space inspired by the park space created between Mies’ townhomes. This new development attempts to stand out from the demanding Detroit apartment market by offering upgraded unit options, a private park plaza with pool, private parking and direct access to the Dequindre Cut and Lafayette Park. The project was financed under the HUD 221 (d)(4) program. Brownfield Tax Credits, CRP Loan/Grants and City Tax Abatements were also being utilized.