Hannah-Neumann/Smith helped turn 119 State Street into an innovative incubator for a city rooted in the automotive industry.
Detroit’s 128-year old Hemmeter Building was purchased by Lear Corporation to house a new innovation and design studio that works on software applications and solutions related to vehicle connectivity. This six-story building was designed as a hub for art, creativity, automotive advance concept development, and hands-on learning for Detroit college students, unlike anything the downtown area has ever seen.
The historic 119 State Street building is located in Detroit’s Capital Park neighborhood and was viewed as an opportunity for high impact by Lear, as it is located in the heart of the city and close to community partners.
The building also houses a non-automotive new business incubator, a think tank, a creative design studio, an art gallery, Lear executive satellite offices, conference and meeting space and a rooftop garden.
As a tribute to the history of Detroit, the automotive industry and roots as manufacturers, an industrial design aesthetic was developed that showcases raw, local made products and designs.