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Interior Environments

Interior Design
SmithGroupJJR
500 Griswold Street, Suite 1700
Detroit, Michigan, 48226
Lori Roberts, IIDA
Jason Robinson

Interior Environments
48700 Grand Rapids Ave
Novi, Michigan, 48374

Architect
SmithGroupJJR
500 Griswold Street, Suite 1700
Detroit, Michigan, 48226
Jason Robinson

Photography
James Haefner Photography, Inc.
Moncur Photography

 

In 2013, Interior Environments, a successful office furniture business had outgrown its current location, requiring a new space for the quickly expanding firm. The architectural team worked collaboratively with the client to produce a design that would function as both workplace and product showroom, implementing the entire conceptual design phase through final occupancy in only eight months.

An adaptive reuse of a former retail space, the new state-of-the-art workplace headquarters is approximately 10,000 GSF. From project onset, the client and design team looked to carefully integrate workplace best practices, company culture, and brand identity into the final design. The result was an environment that was not only a successful employee workplace, but a flexible curated showroom highlighting the latest in product offerings.

Two main design elements help delineate interior spaces: a folded plane of reclaimed wood and a zone of moveable glass walls. The folded plane –built with wood salvaged from an old barn –references the firm’s humble beginnings in a home garage. The plane defines the main public space while showcasing the client’s commitment to material reuse and sustainable practices. The zone of moveable glass walls highlights the latest in office flexibility and client product offerings. Sitting between the static gypsum board ceiling and concrete floor, the walls are intended to be easily moved to accommodate new product configurations. Integration of modular HVAC and electrical modules also allow for quick rearrangement with minimal labor, waste, and disruption to workflow.

Working collaboratively with the client to develop a cohesive material and color palette was key. Understanding company culture and their product array was critical in creating an environment that would remain current in a design-driven business. The selected finishes merge sophistication and playfulness, mirroring the company brand. A neutral palette eschews trends and plays backdrop to the rotating product display. The thoughtful integration of both natural elements and highly engineered products represents the modern spirit of this growing business.

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