I'm not exactly certain why I chose to spend an hour walking around this place, but nonetheless I did. I probably could have lumped in some of these photos with my Detroit pics, but I can't recall a Southfield thread in 8 years of being on here.
So why not?
Southfield is a large business district (suburb) about 12 miles NW of Detroit. The Town Center was planned and built by Prudential in the early 1970's to the mid 1980's. In true fashion with the time, it consisted of a few office towers, a hotel, a residential tower, all surrounded by ample parking lots. I can say that at least the three main office towers and the hotel are connected at the base, but the entire area makes Century City look downright urban. Still, Southfield does have 29 buildings over 12 floors so it does have a decent skyline. 5 of those buildings (and a 12 story hotel) were part of the original Southfield Town Center development.
The past few years they've filled in some of the parking lots with new urbanist housing (translation - front porches with little to no transit) and not much else. It still lacks even the most basic living amenities (retail, restaurants, a movie theater). There are a couple of other large office towers and residential projects nearby, but none of them are remotely connected to this (in terms of urbanism).
Oh well, an interesting study anyway...and the definition of why never to use gold tinted reflective glass!
Didn't this building used to have a rounded top with a restaurant?