the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. News
  3. LOHA Unveils Plans for the Renovation of Detroit's African Bead Museum

LOHA Unveils Plans for the Renovation of Detroit's African Bead Museum

LOHA Unveils Plans for the Renovation of Detroit's African Bead Museum
LOHA Unveils Plans for the Renovation of Detroit's African Bead Museum, Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)

Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA) has unveiled its plans for the renovation and master plan of the MBAD African Bead Museum, an arts and cultural complex in Detroit centered around African art.

Located on a major boulevard in a series of townhouses, the Museum is currently in a state of disrepair with the roof on its corner building having collapsed. This main corner building, although heavily damaged, still features wall murals by artist Olayami Dabls, and thus needs to be preserved.

Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)

“Instead of expending the extensive capital needed to repair the interior of the building and rebuild its roof, the LOHA scheme reinforces the property’s exterior walls so that they become freestanding surfaces—hence preserving the murals," states a press release.

Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)

Therefore the damaged structure can be removed, and new spaces—a gallery and sculpture garden—can be inserted. Furthermore, new enclosure walls will provide blank canvases for Dabls to continue his work.

Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)

The project additionally includes a larger master plan, through which remaining townhomes on the site will be renovated in phases to create more exhibition space, climate-controlled storage space, visiting artist residences, and administration facilities.

Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
Courtesy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA)

Learn more about the project here.

News via Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA).

Cite: Sabrina Santos. "LOHA Unveils Plans for the Renovation of Detroit's African Bead Museum" 20 May 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/787798/loha-unveils-plans-for-the-renovation-of-detroits-african-bead-museum/> ISSN 0719-8884