Glass Roof for A Modern And Historic Headquarters

Bedrock Detroit is settling into its new headquarters at 630 Woodward in downtown Detroit, which combines modern with historic.

Bedrock Detroit is settling into its new downtown Detroit digs at 630 Woodward, a historic four-floor building once home to retailer Christopher Mabley.

The real estate development firm, part of the Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. family of companies, moved from One Campus Martius to its new headquarters in February to consolidate operations, said Jake Chidester, director of design for Bedrock.

Nearly 180 employees are stationed at the 39,000-square-foot headquarters, including its executives, Chidester said. Owner Dan Gilbert does not have an office there.

The only other tenant in the building is Bangkok Crossing restaurant, which is walled off from Bedrock’s reception area on the first floor.

From fluffy pillows lining a wide staircase under a glass roof, to a hidden, speakeasy-style bar on the second floor, the building’s design is anything but traditional office style.

“Classically urban with an industrial edge,” is how dPOP designer Bryce Gamper described it.

“We wanted a living room feel,” he said, adding that the small soft-seating groupings encourage “small moments” between colleagues and impromptu meetings that dodge the awkwardness of cubicle conversations.

Each floor is decorated with work from local artists and adorned with items that are a nod to Detroit’s history and future, such as a large Shinola clock and railings designed after the Model T, said Evans, the lead designer. The goal was to keep its interior true to its historic exterior while blending in a modern feel. Bedrock’s new headquarters merge modern with historic | Crain’s Detroit Business