2022 DDA: Commercial Design

DDA 2022: Commercial Design – Public spaces, landscapes, and the best in office kitchens impressed the panel
Concetti
Splashes of teal make Detroit’s Benjamin Moore CONCETTI store (The Color Bloc) a hit. Concetti’s design project took third place in the Use of Color category. // Photography by Brett Mountain

COMMUNITY/OFFICE SPACE (KITCHEN, BREAK ROOM, CONFERENCE ROOM, ETC.)

1st Place

Pophouse
Photo by: John D’Angelo

The workplace for Rocket Mortgage Marketing fosters human connection and innovation. The concept and layout of the kitchen is open and central to allow for visibility, a sense of safety, and fluid conversation. Several seating options accommodate different activities. The use of tile and walnut paneling emphasizes artisanal materials and craftsmanship. A blend of materials including leather, walnut, and terrazzo comprise the material palette, connecting this space with the reception and open-office look and feel.

2nd Place

Marianne Jones, LLC with Young & Young
Photo by: Benny Chan

3rd Place

Davis & Davis Interior Design
Photo by: Jeff Garland

DESIGNERS’ GOALS: “A blend of materials including leather, walnut, and terazzo comprises the material palette … ” — Pophouse


USE OF COLOR

1st Place

Laura Zender Design
Photo by: Werner Straube Photography

The earthy color palette and rustic arches and beams relate well to this company’s original raw distilling space, and the owners also wanted to bring to mind a classic French bistro. Pine-themed wallpaper is a nod to the juniper bush used to distill gin, yet it’s reminiscent of a small-scale French floral. The olive-colored, crushed-velvet banquette complements the wallpaper. Five vintage Murano glass chandeliers punctuate the bar space, and a wall mural ties the colors together.

2nd Place

Anahi Hollis Design
Photo by: Martin Vecchio

3rd Place

Concetti
Photo by: Brett Mountain


COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE

1st Place

Michael J. Dul & Associates with Laura Foxman
Photo by: John Carlson

In the heart of Detroit’s New Center Area, this play space functions as an important amenity for the established bordering neighborhood. Mature canopy trees beautifully integrate and help delineate the space into an elegant playground setting. Poured-in-place concrete borders define straightforward but graceful forms and help contain the wood fiber mulch. Generous masses of dwarf ornamental grasses add soft texture throughout the playscape, and skillful placement allows the play structures to melt into the landscape.

2nd Place

Goldner Walsh Garden and Home
Photo by: Steven Childs

3rd Place

Zaremba and Company with Ghafari Associates
Photo by: Jason Keen


LOBBY

1st Place

Kraemer Design Group with Intramode
Photo by: Kyle Berryman

The Kahn, originally the “New Center Building,” was designed by Albert Kahn Associates and built in 1930-31. The limestone-clad ediface was constructed as an Art Deco complement to the nearby Fisher Building. Exquisite historic details have been preserved in this renovation. Inspiration came from the main lobby with its striking red marble walls, monochromatic striped stone floor, painted plaster, fluted lights, and brass decorations. The result is a silky blend of modern materials with Art Deco influence.

2nd Place

Ellwood Interiors Inc.
Photo by: Ryan Southen

3rd Place

Patrick Thompson Design Inc.
Photo by: John D’Angelo

DESIGNERS’ GOALS: “The result is a silky blend of modern materials with Art Deco influence.” — Kraemer Design Group with Intramode


OFFICE

1st Place

Kilano Design + Build
Photo by: Mateo Morrison

Located underground in a long-standing building, this project presented challenges. Creative solutions transformed the space into a bright, inviting office. To maximize the amount of natural light coming in, the stairwell from the street level was exposed and replaced with glass. Bright materials with reflective qualities provide an atmosphere that’s open and airy. Natural wood tones, biophilic elements, color, and texture make the space warm and inviting. The final product promotes creativity and collaboration.

2nd Place

Pophouse
Photo by: John D’Angelo

3rd Place

McIntosh Poris Associates
Photo by: Justin Maconochie

DESIGNERS’ GOALS: “Bright materials with reflective qualities provide an atmosphere that’s open and airy.” — Kilano Design + Build


RESTAURANTS/BARS

1st Place

McIntosh Poris Associates
Photo by: Justin Maconochie

Housed in an Art Deco building, the Olin bar and kitchen captures the history and modernism of Detroit. The newly designed storefront system consists of blue-gray metal panels with decorative pilasters between large glass-paneled windows. The kitchen, restaurant, bar, and lounge provide a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Traditional fluted columns reflect the storefront design, and the existing black-and-white mosaic floor adds an eclectic twist to the dining room. Colorful murals by a Detroit artist tie together industrial-themed elements and the lighting fixtures.

2nd Place

Laura Zender Design
Photo by: Werner Straube Photography

3rd Place

Mare Mediterranean
Photo by: Emma Sandler


RETAIL INTERIOR DESIGN (BOUTIQUES, STORES, SALONS, ETC.)

1st Place

Whitetail Farm | Home & Lifestyle
Photo by: Marta Perez

Located underground in a long-standing building, this project presented challenges. Creative solutions transformed the space into a bright, inviting office. To maximize the amount of natural light coming in, the stairwell from the street level was exposed and replaced with glass. Bright materials with reflective qualities provide an atmosphere that’s open and airy. Natural wood tones, biophilic elements, color, and texture make the space warm and inviting. The final product promotes creativity and collaboration.

2nd Place

GANAS MFG.
Photo by: Jonathan Dean

3rd Place

Davis & Davis Interior Design with GAV & Associates
Photo by: Jeff Garland

DESIGNER’S INSIGHTS: “Everything was kept clean and white so products can shine and be switched around seamlessly.” — Whitetail Farm | Home & Lifestyle


Detroit Design Awards 2022

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