Greenleaf Trust | Birmingham

The Greenleaf building project revitalizes a high-profile, formerly blighted corner lot in a designated Brownfield redevelopment area. The five-story, mixed-use building houses an upscale restaurant on the ground floor, high-end office space on the second and third floors, and luxury residential units on the upper stories.

Situated at the convergence of three streets, the exterior is designed to present a landmark façade from all approaches. Elements from surrounding historic buildings blend with modernist touches inspired by the nearby Cranbrook Campus. Strong, clean vertical elements are offset with horizontal tiers and multiple massing, unified with expressive corner elements and layered Mankato stone, and limestone. multilevel rooftop terraces offer open views of the downtown, while maintaining tenant privacy through careful arrangement of building elements. A lively, contemporary atmosphere carries the architectural features from the exterior to the interior, while elegant walnut detailing and intricate porcelain mosaic tile floor patterns enhance the upscale interior atmosphere.

Each detail of the project focuses on long-range planning and positive urban design. An in-slab snowmelt system in all sidewalks provides clear pathways throughout the Michigan winters. The site design reworks city streets to create safer pedestrian crossings, as well as open spaces, seating areas, and public art. The project plan has been celebrated by city officials, who have hailed it as an important gateway building to a revitalized downtown Birmingham.