An award-winning architectural development unique to Detroit


Inspired by the rich historic architectural elements on site and in the neighborhood, including the original brick carriage house that is woven into the design, CODA’s innovative, contemporary aspect seamlessly combines the sensibility of the past with the modernization of the future. Juxtaposing the raw, rustic features, the rest of the multi-storied structure is comprised of open, lofty glass and sleek materials.

OOMBRA’s architectural process is rooted in the ethos of forging and enhancing human experiences. Through analyzing the architectural site, history, and surrounding environment, the firm conceives simplified and authentic design solutions.

AIA Design Award

For years, Philadelphia – based OOMBRA Architects, have been studying the site of the CODA project with Detroit -based property owner, developer, and sponsor, Michael van Overbeke. Their goal: to achieve both the highest and best use for the property, as well as to create a sustainable, forward – looking design, worthy of its prime, corner location within the Brush Park neighborhood.

Their talents, hard work, and perseverance were recognized by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), who presented OOMBRA the Honor Award in 2020 for the Design of the project, for which the working title was then simply, “The Carriage House”.

In the words of Andrea Leers, Principle of Leers Weinzapfel Assoc., and a leading national figure in urban design, the award was presented in part because of its:

  • Strong, yet welcoming design

  • Thoughtful integration into the urban fabric

  • Landmark quality marking an important corner

  • Legibility, through design, of the various building uses
    (residences, restaurant, office, parking)

Structure + Materials

CODA is a state-of-the-art development, complete with luxury finishes, thoughtful design, and innovative design features. All of the condominiums offer full length terraces, many also have rooftop terraces. Every home will be fitted with exquisite appliances from kitchen couture brands such as Bertazzoni, Wolf, and Sub Zero.

Taking inspiration from notable global architectural destinations such as The Tree in Bergen Norway, IM Pei’s glass pyramid at The Louvre, and the international style of Le Corbusier, Coda is the first design of its kind in Detroit.

Boldly employing exposed, engineered timber beams, walls of glass, and green roof systems, the residences are a celebration of natural elegance and timelessness.