2019 DHDA: Commercial Design

2019 Design Awards – Commercial Design

2019 Detroit Home Design Awards

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

Retail Interior Design (Boutiques, Stores, Salons, Etc.)

Photograph by Michelle and Chris Gerard

1st – D MET Studio

The design and construction of the Cass Avenue facades and showrooms at Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Co. in Detroit were the final steps of a multi-year renovation of two historic structures. The resulting 19,000-square- foot, mixed-use facility houses the company’s business office, warehouse, contractor sales counter, and the city’s first-ever decorative plumbing showroom. The plumbing showrooms are located behind the new storefronts on Cass, and occupy the space of a one-time Food Castle Supermarket.

Judge’s Insights:
Yes! This space by D MET Studio is what every plumbing showroom should look like! — Judge Kinley Puzey

Photograph by Boswell Hardwick

2nd – EuroAmerica Design, EuroAmerica Design showroom, Troy

Photograph by Jeff Garland

3rd – Angelini & Associates Architects, CityRow, Ann Arbor


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1st – R. Youngblood & Co. 

A former residential estate captured the attention and interest of a restaurateur, who envisioned an upscale dining/event venue that would respect the architecture of the original property. Beyond the remarkable building, fabulous private gardens encompass this estate and played into his vision. Today, Chapman House, open for special events and private dining, features views of lavish gardens, a parterre garden of boxwood, and hedges of boxwood and arborvitae, all in a classical green-and-white color scheme.

Photograph by Jeff Garland

2nd – Michael J. Dul & Associates Inc., Blue Care Network of MichiganSouthfield

Photograph by Michelle and Chris Gerard

3rd – Michael J. Dul & Associates Inc., 555 BuildingBirmingham


Photograph by Carlson Productions

1st – Reem Akkad Design, with Dokan Construction

After coming from a dim, dark location, the Alpine Dental Center team wanted their new space, which opened a year ago in Rochester Hills, to be modern, yet warm and inviting. Their goal was to ensure the practice’s new facility felt as different from a typical dental office as possible. The design concept was derived from the name of the practice, Alpine Dental Center. Using elements from the outdoors, the interior combines the warmth of natural organic materials with the edginess of industrial materials.

Photograph by Martin Vecchio

2nd – Katie Rodriguez Design, with Krieger Klatt Architects, Birmingham Country ClubBirmingham

Photograph by Jason Keen

3rd – Pewabic Pottery, Sparrow Health System’s Herbert-Herman Cancer Center muralLansing


Photograph by Justin Maconochie

1st – Stantec Architecture, with Bon COOK

What was formerly an undeveloped unit on the second floor of a downtown Birmingham office building is now Bon COOK, a space that accommodates work- shops and cooking events. The new space is elevated, chic, and modern – reflective of the company’s brand – but also pays homage to the elements of craft. At 5,600 square feet, this headquarters juxtaposes a studio kitchen with classic dining and entertaining spaces, flexible workplace arrangements, airy offices, and a photography booth. The studio also moonlights as an event space.

Judge’s Insights:
It’s fun, professional, and elegant at Bon COOK.
— Judge Kinley Puzey

Photograph by Carlson Productions

2nd – Reem Akkad Design, with Dokan Construction, Alpine Dental CenterRochester Hills

Photograph by Martin Vecchio

3rd – Petrella Interiors, with LLP Construction Services, AGM AutomotiveTroy


Photograph by Michelle and Chris Gerard

1st – McIntosh Poris Associates, with Prime + Proper

Prime + Proper in Detroit offers a modern interpretation of steakhouse classics and unique flavor combinations, resulting in unmatched, innovative presentations, distinctive meats, and elegant service. McIntosh Poris Associates pushed the boundaries of a classic steakhouse, juxtaposing modern luxury inside a 1912 building in the Capitol Park Historic District. The design reflects the proprietor’s vision of “prime meats and proper service,” and focuses on elevating the standard dining experience.

Judge’s Insights:
McIntosh Porris Associates/Prime + Proper have made beautiful choices. Stunning execution!
— Judge Kayla Cooper

Photograph by Michelle and Chris Gerard

2nd – D MET Studio, Rocco’s Italian Deli, Detroit

Photographs by Michelle and Chris Gerard

3rd – D MET Studio, AK TakeawayDetroit

Commercial Building Architecture

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1st – AZD Architects

This 5,700-square-foot modern office building was designed for OpenLogix Corp. an IT/software development company in Bloomfield Hills. The client wanted to project a modern, high-tech appearance while developing a warm, comfortable work environment. The 1.5-story tower of glass and the metal roof highlight the entry. The roofline combines low sloped and flat roofs, while the exterior is a combination of smooth limestone block, brick, stucco, and maintenance-free wood panel composite.

Photograph by Jeff Garland

2nd – Dakin Design Inc., Lakeshore Senior LivingSt. Clair Shores

Photograph by Michelle and Chris Gerard

3rd – D MET Studio, Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply Co.Detroit