2015 DHDA: Commercial Interiors

2015 Design Awards

Judges | Details | Exteriors | Interiors | Commercial Interiors
Homes | Rising Star | Reader’s Choice

Retail Interior Design

Photo by Jeffrey Klimer

1st – MI/DTW

6 Salon, a 21-station hair salon in Birmingham, is located in a ground-level retail storefront. This project involved relocating the client’s nearby 12-station salon. The entry was reconfigured with a new floor-to-ceiling glass storefront extending along the façade, creating an interstitial vestibule and retail space. A desk (not shown) refaced with geometric tiles cut from industrial-grade plywood visually transforms as patrons move toward it, while a mural of original photographs shows the hands of a hairstylist at work. Rows of stylist stations define the major salon spaces.

Photo by Jeffrey Klimer

2nd – MI/DTW Mills Pharmacy, Birmingham

Photo by Beth Singer

3rd – James Douglas Interiors, JDI Studio, Birmingham

Commercial Building / Architecture

Photo by Jeffrey Klimer

1st – MI/DTW

More than 60 years after opening, Birmingham’s Mills Pharmacy underwent a major transformation. The pharmacy was extended into an adjacent market space, while ground-floor retail spaces were combined along the street frontage and linked to a recessed rear entry. Pre-weathered copper panels frame a new opening and reworked entryway, and a metallic glazed brick recalls the alchemy of the pharmacist. Reclaimed wood extends inside at the entry, and is used to clad the storefront of the original Mills Pharmacy.

Photo by Justin Maconochie

2nd – McIntosh Poris Associates, The Garden Theater, Detroit

Photo by Lynn Stinson

3rd – Kevin Hart & Associates, with Studio H2G, Assagi Di Italia, Northville


Photo by Christopher Damico

1st – Patrick Thompson Design

Grand Circus is a tech training company specializing in building a strong tech training pool in the city of Detroit. They needed their new space to be attractive to young entrepreneurs, but sophisticated enough for the city’s business community. The concept was based on creating a three-story walk-up brownstone on the park. The stripped-down interior, with exposed mechanicals and concrete columns and ceilings, is offset with custom millwork, high-end finishes, and mid-century furniture.

Photo by John D’Angelo

2nd – Patrick Thompson Design, TechTown, Detroit

Photo by Robert Brodbeck

3rd – George Matick Chevrolet, with Bloom General Contracting and Studio Detroit, Redford Township

Office Interior Design

Photo by David Lewinski

1st – D Met Studio

This space (MCCI, a  marketing firm in Detroit) unites stylistic elements appropriate to a classic, mid-century media company with a forward-thinking creative studio. A row of quintessential managerial offices features anodized frames, clear and translucent glazing, and white oak doors. The “creative studio” is a nearly all-white, other-worldly space full of desks, informal meeting areas, two “phone booths,” a conference room, and a visitor’s/employee lounge. Neatly tucked within the building’s poche are three editing suites, a recording booth, and a photo studio.

Photo by Brad Gillette

2nd – Visbeen Architects Inc., CWD Real Estate, Detroit

Photo by Justin Maconochie

3rd – McIntosh Poris Associates, Crypton, Bloomfield Hills

Corner Office / Executive Suite

Photo by Visbeen Architects Inc

1st – Visbeen Architects Inc. 42 North Partners, LLC, Grand Rapids

This executive suite is on the fourth floor in a mixed-use building overlooking a main road in the center of a growing city. Traditional in character, the executive suite is much more than just a workplace; it’s a thriving family business that is suited to entertain multiple clients, from entrepreneurs to medical professionals. Although this office is designed in the traditional sense, it is anything but — flexible spaces with moving walls can be seen throughout. Here, tradition meets new thinking in this high-tech, elegantly designed facility.

Photo by Visbeen Architects Inc.

Photo by Visbeen Architects Inc