2016 Design Awards
Retail Interior Design (Stores, Salons, Restaurants, etc.)
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.
2nd – JGA
3rd – White Horse Inn
Commercial Building / Architecture
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.
2nd – McIntosh Poris Associates
3rd – M.J. Whelan Construction
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.
2nd – AZD Architects
3rd – Ghia Design and Consulting, LLC
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.
2nd – Davis & Davis Interior Design
3rd – D Met Studio
Sustainable Design (Flooring, Lighting, etc.)
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.