The Willits

This 57-unit, five-story, mixed-use building features parking for the residents on two levels below grade and a first floor offering several retail spaces. Studying precedents from northern Europe, Saroki Architecture sculpted the building’s mass to respond to the street curves, adjacent buildings, and a decidedly Birmingham aesthetic. Proud cornices convey the building’s order producing historically inspired details.

Repeating pilasters create the effect of regular bays. The limestone-colored veneer boasts elegant surface detailing and is fenestrated with operable French windows.

A continuous, gently curving penthouse terrace enjoys dramatic views of the Rouge River. The Willits provides in-town residential living, enhancing Birmingham’s reputation as a walkable city.

Location: Birmingham, MI
Completed in 2001