by Brendan M. Lynch | December 01, 2004

 The Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center

GM’s HQ:
The Detroit Marriott
Renaissance Center

By investing half a billion dollars to revitalize the 73-floor Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, corporate owner General Motors hopes to set off a rebirth of Motown’s downtown. 
    The complex of black towers comprises the automaker’s global headquarters and the 1,289-room Marriott, as well as a growing array of shops, fine restaurants and attractions such as the elegant Seldom Blues music club.
    The redesigned center now has 72 meeting rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space and can host up to 2,200 for receptions or banquets. Visitors cruise the facility via the “circulation ring,” a 12-foot-wide glass walkway suspended by steel rods over vintage and experimental GM cars on display below.