2016 DHDA: Commercial Design

2016 Design Awards

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

Retail Interior Design (Stores, Salons, Restaurants, etc.)

Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

1st – McIntosh Poris Associates

The architects designed a tenant improvement and addition to the 43-story One Detroit Center tower in downtown Detroit. The 5,500-square-foot Townhouse restaurant has a U-shaped bar, a new steel-and-glass atrium, and an outdoor patio for dining. Interior spaces feature luxurious textures, including distressed leathers and rich woods, along with playful wall graphics. The highlight is an indoor/outdoor glass-enclosed structure that houses an all-season dining area and bar.

Photo by Mike Raffin

2nd – JGA

Photo by Zecchini Photography

3rd – White Horse Inn

Commercial Building / Architecture

Photo by Zecchini Photography

1st – White Horse Inn

Established in 1850, the White Horse Inn was the longest continually operating restaurant in Michigan until it closed, in need of repairs. The restoration included an addition for more seating and an updated, modern kitchen. Because of its historical significance, all restoration was authentic to the original construction of the building, even while making the updates. The addition is in harmony with the inn’s original craftsmanship and overall spirit. Shown here is one of several dining spaces.

Photo by Justin Maconochie

2nd – McIntosh Poris Associates

Photo by Mike Raffin

3rd – M.J. Whelan Construction


Photo by Adam Yarbrough

1st – Patrick Thompson Design

The Golden Fox Clubhouse lobby at Fox Hills Golf Club in Plymouth received a complete makeover. Walls were covered in an almost-black oak paneling, the floors were replaced with classic white and black marble, and custom drum light fixtures filled a void in the ceiling. A mix of Mid-Century modern and traditional furniture was used, and the addition of a modern fireplace — together with traditional artwork — completed the look and feel of the space.

Photo by Kevin Akey

2nd – AZD Architects

Photo by Dirk Van Den Muijsenberg

3rd – Ghia Design and Consulting, LLC


Photo by Jared Chulski

1st – Davis & Davis Interior Design

Ruby + Associates in Bingham Farms wanted a new office design that aligns with its mission of bridging the gap between design and construction. The office has sealed concrete floors, exposed steel beams and columns, and an open corrugated metal ceiling. Bright orange and steel blue accents provide contrast to the industrial materials. A unique design feature is the oversized 8-foot-wide suite entry door, which provides a grand entrance from the building’s elevator lobby.

Photo by Jared Chulski

2nd – Davis & Davis Interior Design

Photo by John D’Angelo Photography

3rd – D Met Studio

Sustainable Design (Flooring, Lighting, etc.)

Photo courtesy of Dwyer Marble & Stone

1st – Dwyer Marble & Stone, with Stantec

The Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale near Grand Rapids demonstrates a commitment to sustainable progress through innovative design and construction. As the first LEED Platinum library in Michigan, it incorporates numerous energy management and green practices, including rooftop gardens, air and water stream energy recovery, demand-controlled ventilation, and much more. The interior and exterior natural stonework is indigenous to the Midwest and was quarried less than 500 miles from the site.

Photo by Zecchini Photography

2nd – White Horse Inn

Photo by George Matick Chevrolet

3rd – George Matick Chevrolet, with Studio Detroit