DESIGN OF SUSHI RESTAURANT BECOMES CHAIN'S FLAGSHIP LOCATION
ROSSETTI transformed the empty, ground-level space of the historic Federal Reserve Building in Detroit's Financial District into a modern sushi restaurant called Maru Sushi.
The design team looked to the surrounding context of the historic building for materials and design inspiration. Specific remnant elements, such as the original terrazzo floor, clay fire block walls and defunct revolving door were intentionally integrated for their character to tell an unwritten story. The notion of a fisherman's “cast net” became the driver for the rest of the design and captured the ethereal qualities of the Maru Sushi brand. Materials were selected and forms were developed to parallel the adjacent lobby, but with added layers and modifications to create a warm and relaxing environment. The undulating ceiling correlates to the form found in the lobby, charred black to pay homage to traditional Japanese finishing techniques. Lights appear to hover overhead as if they had been caught in a massive net. The revolving door was repurposed with new life as a unique, private dining booth.
The 4,370 SF restaurant has been well-received by local restaurant critics from Eater Detroit and The Detroit Free Press. This is the fifth space in the Federal Reserve Building that ROSSETTI has designed.