Favorite Architecture

Coleman A. Young Communtiy Center
Coleman A. Young Communtiy Center

2751 Robert Bradby Drive, Detroit

A recreation center in the hart of inner-city Detroit. With a swimming pool, gym and many activity areas.

Cranbrook Natatorium
Cranbrook Natatorium

Cranbrook Educational Community, Bloomfield Hills

An indoor swimming pool with cylinder-like openings in the ceiling and vertical baffles along the walls that can be opened or closed. The pinpoint lighting pattern on the ceiling mimics a night sky.

Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

The DIA ranks among the world's best museums and stand as an undisputed giant of the Michigan architectural. Over the years, north and south wings were added amid multiple renovations and expansions.

Hackley Public Library
Hackley Public Library

316 West Webster Avenue, Muskegon

Lumber baron Charles Hackley, gifted this sturdy stone structure. It features deep-cut arched entry ways and large gales on the upper lever, all contributing to the impressively solid composition.

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Lake House in winter
Lake House in winter
Integrated Architecture Learning Center, Grand Rapids
Integrated Architecture Learning Center, Grand Rapids

Educating with architecture, the IA Learning Center - with its falling-wall sculpture and silver-clad, rocket-ship-like “foci” - is a Grand Rapids icon. Open to the community for lectures, events and tours, it demonstrates a variety of construction techniques and materials, creating a “living” portfolio for the firm. Thousands of guests have visited and toured the Learning Center to gain an understanding and appreciation of how architecture can positively affect everyday life and work. Competed 1997.

Submitted by Trisha Spaulding

The Royal Park Hotel
The Royal Park Hotel

A happy marriage between timeless design and a modern building program is apparent in the Royal Park Hotel, the town’s crown jewel. This contextual design solution cooperates with the historical fabric of Rochester and is responsive to the Pain Creek meandering along the edge of the property. Detailed in the durable pallet of brick, stone, and slate, the design reflects the commitment that design excellence can be both modern and sensitive to our communities. The five-story, U-shaped building maximizes views of the river by arranging significant quest rooms, restaurant spaces, and patio spaces, parallel to the river.

Submitted by Victor Saroki & Associates

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401-e-michigan-building

The 401 E. Michigan Ave. Building (or the Food Dance Cafe) is a mixed use building in Downtown Kalamazoo.

Alpena Air Base Crash Rescue Station
Alpena Air Base Crash Rescue Station
Submitted by Sidock Architects
BAE Systems Sterling Heights Facility
BAE Systems Sterling Heights Facility
Sterling Heights, Michigan One of the world’s largest global defense contractors, BAE Systems repositioned an existing 80.6 acre, brownfield industrial site into a high security, state-of-the-art prototyping center. The new facility allows for the company to consolidate their operations into one central location, as well as providing for close proximity to their primary customer. Completed in 2012, the project recieved LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. Photo courtesy of SmithGroupJJR, Photographed by James Haefner Photography
Berkely Repair Shop
Berkely Repair Shop

The adaptive reuse of the vacant garage, and transformation of the automobile repair shop into a new use while retaining the character of the place, became the main goal of the owners and architects. The reuse and re-purposing of the building essence maintained its character from its days as a repair shop and allowed the restaurant to seamlessly transition from the building’s long and storied history.

Submitted by Michael Poris

Black Lake Golf Course Clubhouse
Black Lake Golf Course Clubhouse
Submitted by: Sidock Architects
Border Patrol Station
Border Patrol Station

Department of Homeland Security - Gibraltar Border Patrol Station

Submitted by Sidock Architects.

Bott Building for Nursing Education & Research, Michigan State University
Bott Building for Nursing Education & Research, Michigan State University
This addition houses the MSU College of Nursing Academic and Research Centers. The Academic Center includes a multimedia classroom, faculty/staff workstations, student support services, external relations, interdisciplinary meeting/community gathering spaces and conference rooms. The Research Center features dedicated space for research faculty and staff offices/workstations, doctoral student workstations, meeting/interview rooms, and spaces that facilitate collaboration and scholarly activity. Rather than extending the campus steam/chilled water systems, the campus’ first geothermal system was selected for heating/cooling because of lower initial costs and significantly lower energy costs. The three-story structure of sparkling green glass and buff masonry provides a glittering presence and new face for the program. Photography Credit: Chris Lark Photography Submitted by: TMP Architecture, Inc.
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hailed as a superlative performance venue and an acoustic marvel 40 years ago, the Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center was feeling its age. It is the front door of the campus for many in the broader community and it was important to maintain that connection, as well as serve the college's students by creating additional practice, rehearsal, teaching and performance space. The solution was to modernize the CFAC but respect its heritage and nostalgic appeal to the community. The exterior was designed to maintain the campus Prairie School design language and added 40,000 square feet of space to the original 72,000 square foot CFAC. Completed October 2010.

Photo Credit: JRP Studio

Submitted by: GMB Architecture + Engineering

Cass Technical High Schools, Detroit Public Schools
Cass Technical High Schools, Detroit Public Schools
The exterior envelope of this replacement high school complements its neighbors, and emphasizes the school’s role as a leading edge institution. While the size of the building is similar to others surrounding Cass Park, its mass is broken down with academic, public, athletic and performance spaces all distinct pieces. The media center is prominently oriented on Cass Park which follows the vocabulary set up by elements of two of the school’s neighbors; the Masonic Temple and the Kresge Building. As a whole, exterior materials are used to create an image of both Detroit’s industrial history and the school’s forward-looking curriculum. Submitted by TMP Architecture, Inc. Photography Credit: Balthazar Korab
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CCS
College for Creative Studies, Taubman Center for Design Education. It was the place where the field of automotive design was invented and the world’s first concept car was created. The highest form of sustainability is adaptive reuse. A leader in art and design education, the client sought to revitalize a vacant, historic icon into an educational complex devoted to fostering creativity. The 11-story, 760,000 sq. ft. building, a symbolic landmark in automotive history, was originally designed by Albert Kahn as General Motors’ engineering and design center. Submitted by Albert Kahn Architects
Central High School, Battle Creek Public Schools
Central High School, Battle Creek Public Schools
Originally built in 1908, this 250,000 sf high school was upgraded in order to meet educational and global trends. Accommodating over 1,400 students, small learning communities house 350 students each. Within each “community,” learning studios for core academic subjects, special needs programs, appropriate laboratory spaces and support spaces are included. The enhanced and expanded fine arts wing includes a TV and broadcasting studio, drawing/painting studio, ceramics/sculpture/jewelry studio and computer aided graphic design studio. A 160,800 square foot athletic and natatorium addition is also part of the project, along with new food service, a student dining/commons area, and new technology infrastructure throughout. Photography: Christopher Lark Photography Submitted by: TMP Architecture, Inc.
Charter One Bank Headquarters
Charter One Bank Headquarters

This two-floor office renovation included all required demolition and interior from an open structure to the final finishes. The design balances traditional materials such as granite, hardwoods and leather with contemporary furniture, metal and glass. White, gray and blue tones create a complementing background for an impressive art collection dramatically displayed throughout the entire office. When old meets new, elegant spaces prove that a traditional entity may co-exist harmoniously within a dynamic design of curving walls and ceilings bringing forth a new identity to a corporation that has been in Detroit for many years.

Submitted by Benedetto Tiseo

Charter One Bank, Kennedy Square
Charter One Bank, Kennedy Square

Located at the Campus Martius roundabout, this Charter One Bank Branch was viewed as a high profile project because of it’s location and visibility in the City of Detroit. An empty tenant space in a newly constructed building was transformed into a clean, comfortable, and warm banking center which is now enjoyed by the bank employees, customers, and passers-by alike.

Submitted byBenedetto Tiseo

Charter One Bank, Sterling Heights
Charter One Bank, Sterling Heights

This branch bank is Charter One’s look for their new branches throughout their regions. The 3,227 square foot building stands as an icon that matches Charter One’s marketing strategies. It is constructed with white masonry and EIFS on the exterior and supported by a steel frame. The first prototype was completed in 2004 in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Submitted by Benedetto Tiseo

Christ the Redeemer, Lake Orion, MI
Christ the Redeemer, Lake Orion, MI
The strong character of this congregation is reflected in many of the unique elements of this church. The sanctuary of the church acts as the center from which the education and hospitality wings radiate and form ‘welcoming arms’ to greet parishioners and visitors. Conceived with the parishioner’s desire for seating in the round, the sanctuary is supported by large, intersecting wood trusses, which form a bridge embracing the 1,000 seat congregation. Four eyebrows featuring art glass reflect the seasonal qualities in changes of light.  Submitted by Stephen Auger & Associates.
City of Detroit Public Safety Headquarters
City of Detroit Public Safety Headquarters
Detroit, Michigan In what was originally designed as an IRS Data Center back in the early 70’s and then repositioned as a temporary casino for the MGM Grand Detroit in the late 90’s, has now been converted into the City’s new state-of-the-art public safety headquarters which houses police and fire administrative departments and a future Metropolitan Detroit Forensics Science Laboratory. One of the primary goals for this project is to create a National Model for Public Safety Integration. This new facility promotes the effective and efficient delivery of public safety services. Photo courtesy of SmithGroupJJR, Photographed by Curt Clayton
CityFlats Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan
CityFlats Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan
With rotten wood flooring, peeling plaster, caved in ceilings and rickety stairs, this 5-story structure, that once housed a prominent downtown jeweler, had long lost its glory. The challenge was to create a five-story, boutique hotel, designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification, that featured 28 uniquely designed guest rooms. Completed in August of 2011, the transformation took place over several months. Blending both the old and the new, timber beams from the 5th floor now adorn the hotel’s street level lounge, and the art deco jeweler’s sign was incorporated into the bar design. Environmentally efficient and conscientious through its re-construction, the hotel experience allows guests to satisfy their eco-conscience without offending their sense of style. Photo Credit: M-Buck Studio Submitted by: GMB Architecture + Engineering
Clear Blue Communications
Clear Blue Communications

For this project our clients challenged us to create a cool, open, innovative, fun and inspirational space for their expanding marketing and communications company. The scope of work included renovating portions of their existing second story downtown Birmingham space as well as expanding into two of the first floor tenant spaces. Tiseo Architects, Inc. met the challenge and in the end created an exciting space that displayed what the company was all about...“!”

Submitted by Benedetto Tiseo

Mezzanine Detroit Opera House
Mezzanine Detroit Opera House

The auditorium was painstakingly researched to ensure authenticity; and restoration of the plasterwork proved that the original acoustic design was flawless.The original amalgam of flamboyant color and dramatic lighting was carefully recreated throughout the theater. Forensic analysis revealed an original color palette dominated by gilded ochre, browns, and blues. The central oculus was rebuilt from photographic images only. Massive chandeliers in the main lobby were restored, while some lost fixtures were replaced from outside sources – e.g. the Broadway lobby chandelier, which once graced the original Waldorf Astoria, was permanently loaned by the Henry Ford Museum.

Submitted by Albert Kahn Architects

Cranbrook Art Museum Collections Building
Cranbrook Art Museum Collections Building
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Flanking the majestic peristyle of Eliel Saarinen’s Cranbrook Academy Museum, the new 31,200 gsf Collections Building redefines the forecourt of the Museum with a quiet demeanor and creates a dialogue of materiality. The three-story structure provides 7,000 gsf of art collection storage, creates a receiving area for new pieces arriving at the museum, and adds space to accommodate physical care of the collection. The Collections Building is envisioned to promote learning about art within a renowned architectural icon. Photo courtesy of SmithGroupJJR, Photographed by James Haefner
Crisler Center, University of Michigan
Crisler Center, University of Michigan
This two-phased project includes extensive renovations and additions to the University’s Crisler Arena, a facility that has served the school’s men’s and women’s basketball programs for over 50 years. Additions total approximately 63,000 square feet. New entrances, club seating, new ticketing areas and retail space are included. Phase I of the project includes new seating, HVAC, finishes and replacement of the arena’s lighting. A high definition video scoreboard was also installed. Phase II focuses on fan amenities. Expansion of Crisler’s busy concourse area, as well as relocation of restrooms, new concessions and the addition of an outdoor plaza, enhance the Wolverine fan’s experience. Photography Credit: U-M Public and Media Relations Submitted by: TMP Architecture, Inc.
Crystal Lofts Adaptive Reuse
Crystal Lofts Adaptive Reuse
Detroit, MI Submitted by: Hamilton Anderson
Delta Dental Headquarters, Okemos MI
Delta Dental Headquarters, Okemos MI
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” (The Land Ethic, Aldo Leopold, 1949) Land preservation, stewardship, and sustainability were at the forefront of Delta Dental’s aspirations for the expansion of their headquarters on their 57-acre site. With by renovation, addition, and new construction across four independent buildings, their goals were met with LEED©-NC Gold certification and certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Wildlife at Work program. Submitted by Albert Kahn Architects
Den-Dulk Dairy Bio-digester
Den-Dulk Dairy Bio-digester
Organic waste to energy facility converting dairy cattle solid waste to usable methane gas. Submitted by: Sidock Architects
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Detroit Opera Theater
Detroit Opera Theater
The auditorium was painstakingly researched to ensure authenticity; and restoration of the plasterwork proved that the original acoustic design was flawless.The original amalgam of flamboyant color and dramatic lighting was carefully recreated throughout the theater. Forensic analysis revealed an original color palette dominated by gilded ochre, browns, and blues. The central oculus was rebuilt from photographic images only. Massive chandeliers in the main lobby were restored, while some lost fixtures were replaced from outside sources – e.g. the Broadway lobby chandelier, which once graced the original Waldorf Astoria, was permanently loaned by the Henry Ford Museum. Submitted by Albert Kahn Architects
Detroit Promenade
Detroit Promenade
Detroit Riverwalk - The design solution accommodates an esplanade park and working waterfront quay. However, spatially constrained and materially modest, this public place aspires to enrich the experience of the river as the city’s greatest natural resource. The design’s underlying character metaphorically recalls the site’s many chapters — from wilderness edge to farmstead docks to transportation interface. For example, the triangular western prow is configured as a series of lawn panels subdivided by “hedgerows” reminiscent of the area’s eighteenth century “ribbon farms.” Children laughing merge with the sounds of the river ebb and flow. Submitted by Albert Kahn Architects
Detroit School of Arts
Detroit School of Arts
Submitted by: Hamilton Anderson
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Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is a state-of-the-art, 14 story healthcare facility designed to maximize efficiency and convenience for users, while minimizing the impact on the environment. GMB A+E served as the consulting architect for the podium curtain wall. The owner wanted the third story lower curtain wall to look like the waves of Lake Michigan. GMB used BIM technology to assist the owner in understanding the design. The solution consisted of a 4-sided, butt glazed curtain wall, sunshade bracket with custom exterior connection, self-cleaning glass in blues, greens , and clear vision glass and 3/8” plate aluminum fabricated in wave shapes with water jet cutters. Completed December 2010. Photo Credit: Eric De Witt/edewitt.com Submitted by: GMB Architecture + Engineering
DTE Energy Campus Enhancements
DTE Energy Campus Enhancements
The redesign of parking lots and vehicular city streets that once bisected and separated various buildings transformed this corporate campus in downtown Detroit into an urban oasis that artfully integrates the architecture and site design. A grand new entry, vibrant Town Square, and uniquely designed urban green space create a special environment for all who experience it, and a new identify for the company. Visitors are greeted by a dramatic new gateway where water flows from three arches that frame the main driveway into a 26,000-square-foot reflecting pond. The site is surrounded by interconnected walking paths through a beautiful landscape of intricately mounded earth. Photo Credit: Maconochie Photography Submitted by: Neumann/Smith Architecture
DTE Energy Monroe Power Plant U2A Facility
DTE Energy Monroe Power Plant U2A Facility
Facility housing polutant reduction equipment and processes in order to provide cleaner discharge air. Submitted by: Sidock Architects
Eight Mile Place
Eight Mile Place

Consisting of four separate buildings, this development was designed to have a unified look between them all. Located at the intersection of 8 Mile and Farmington Roads, it provides a pleasant aesthetic that the corner had previously been missing. One of the most interesting features of this development is the rain garden at the rear of the property. As the industry is trying to move towards more sustainable construction, the rain garden collects and filters storm water runoff from the parking lot and returns it back to the earth while also providing a safe habitat for local vegetation and wildlife.

Submitted by Benedetto Tiseo

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Entry to Farmington Hills City Hall. Completed in 2010 this 52,000 sq.ft. building is LEED Gold Certified. An addition and renovation project which reduced the city's energy use and cost by over 50%. Michigan products featured: Dow Thermax system, Guardian SunGuard low E. glazing, Fendt block & eco pavers, Lumecon LED parking lights, Live Roof planters, and more.
Farmington Road Office Building
Farmington Road Office Building

This 12,400 square foot office building became the new Corporate Headquarters of Tiseo Architects, Inc. in 2001. Conveniently located on Farmington Road between Seven and Eight Mile Roads, the building offers flexible office spaces. The single story office building is standard steel frame construction with brick, glass and EIFS as the main exterior materials. The character of the surrounding neighborhood dictated the traditional selection of the materials.

Submitted by Benedetto Tiseo

Flint Township Police Department
Flint Township Police Department
Submitted by: Sidock Architects
Forest Avenue Development
Forest Avenue Development

Clad in gun-metal wall panels and a buff-colored brick veneer with stone accents, this complex building utilizes plenty of ecologically sensitive materials and practices including sustainably harvested woods and tile high in recycled content. It also promotes in-town residential and therefore energizes the streetscape and promotes the best practices of urban design.

Submitted by Victor Saroki & Associates

Fully Restored Hill House
Fully Restored Hill House
The Hill House, is the original farm homestead in Livonia and is listed on the National Historic Registry. Built in 1841, the house is constructed in the Greek Revival style. In addition to its five fireplaces, the home’s interior wood-work and architectural detail is classic 19th century style. Neumann Smith was the architect for the restoration work. The work includes a complete restoration of the exterior and interior. Integrity Building Group was selected as the construction manager and assembled a team of craftsman to repair and restore the mid-18th century wood structure. Photo submitted by Integrity Building Gorup
General Dynamics, Sterling Heights, MI — Maneuver Collaboration Center
General Dynamics, Sterling Heights, MI — Maneuver Collaboration Center
As a renowned designer and manufacturer of specialized military systems and equipment, General Dynamics wanted a facility which promoted a more collaborative approach to teaming with outside entities and presented a new and exciting ‘front door’ to their research/development campus. After considering several site options, the decision was made to locate their Maneuver Collaboration Center addition on the north face of their existing office and lab building, which allowed several existing program locations to be utilized without relocating them. As the initial meeting place between staff and guests, the procession of spaces allows people to gather in varying degrees, from open/informal to more private/secure, depending on circumstances. Photographer: George Dzahristos Photography Awards: 2011 Honor Award, Building Award Category - American Institute of Architects/Grand Valley Chapter 2011 Design Competition, Corporate Space Category First Place Winner - American Society of Interior Designers/ Michigan Chapter Submitted by: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Grand Rapids Art Museum Interior
Grand Rapids Art Museum Interior

A partial interior of the auditorium located in the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Submitted by Mark Farlow

Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mich
Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mich

As part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Sustainability Plan, the college incorporated an 18,000 SF vegetated roof on two levels of the 20 year old Applied Technology Center. A primary goal was to provide community education and exposure of the technology and benefits of the vegetated roof system. Therefore, new windows, door access, and an observation deck were added to the project to create maximum contact and viewing of the vegetated area for the community, students, and faculty alike. Additionally, educational plaques on the roof and plaza demonstrate graphically the vegetation system and provide explanations of plant types and the year-round plant colors. The vegetation design for the second floor roof area was derived from the circular shape of the building’s three-story atrium space. Completed 2008.

Photo Credit: Bill Lindhout Photography

Submitted by: GMB Architecture + Engineering

Guardian Building from 25 Stories Up
Guardian Building from 25 Stories Up
Henry Ford Health System Innovation Institute
Henry Ford Health System Innovation Institute
Detroit, Michigan The Innovation Institute is a collaboration between Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State University College of Engineering and is an adaptive reuse project that fosters innovation and collaboration. The highly flexible space with state-of-the-art technology is used as a think tank for developing new advances in medical technology and processes. The Innovation Institute is a space that inspires thought and collaboration and provides the latest technology for like-minded professionals from different backgrounds to share ideas. Photo courtesy of SmithGroupJJR, Photographed by Prakash Patel
Henry Ford Hospital, West Bloomfield Wellness
Henry Ford Hospital, West Bloomfield Wellness
Visitors to the 560,000-sq. ft. hospital enter into an environment that emphasizes the preservation of health as much as the treatment of illness. Connecting the diagnostic and treatment areas and inpatient lodges are two, three-story atriums with more than 2,000 live trees and plants designed to bring in daylight. One atrium is more public and features a tea kiosk with an assortment of natural teas to enjoy. The other atrium is quiet and a place for personal reflection within the natural surroundings or in the non-denominational sanctuary. Submitted by: Albert Kahn Architects
Hillhouse at Greenmead
Hillhouse at Greenmead
The Hill House, is the original farm homestead in Livonia and is listed on the National Historic Registry. Built in 1841, the house is constructed in the Greek Revival style. In addition to its five fireplaces, the home’s interior wood-work and architectural detail is classic 19th century style. Neumann Smith was the architect for the restoration work. The work includes a complete restoration of the exterior and interior. Integrity Building Group was selected as the construction manager and assembled a team of craftsman to repair and restore the mid-18th century wood structure. Submitted by John Biggar
Michigan Technological University, Hillside Place
Michigan Technological University, Hillside Place
Hillside Place offers a new type of campus housing, combining the social benefits of dormitory housing with the option of an independent apartment lifestyle. The hybrid building fits into the University’s modern architectural style, but also evokes a unique “north woods lodge” aesthetic with forms, details, materials and finishes not typically used in student housing. It is one of the first LEED Gold student residences in Michigan, joining the ranks of just twenty-nine LEED certified (to various levels) student housing facilities across the country. Photo Credit: Maconochie Photography Submitted by: Neumann/Smith Architecture
Holocaust Memorial Center
Holocaust Memorial Center
Amid nondescript office buildings, small strip shops, coffee shops, banks and restaurants, the Holocaust Memorial Center commands attention. Everything about the 50,000 sf structure evokes powerful emotions. The gray and blue striping on the second story reminds visitors of the camp clothing Holocaust prisoners were forced to wear. The cables criss-crossing the exterior brick represent concentration camp fencing. Even the shaggy greenery around the perimeter is reminiscent of the meadow grass that flourished near the camps. All of this uncomfortable imagery is deliberate to convey the great destructive force of intolerance. Juxtaposed against these images of pain is the rounded enclosure for the International Institute of the Righteous. The only soft form in the building and the only white color in the composition, the ellipse attempts to express the purity and the elusiveness of altruism. Six white glass pyramids, fifteen feet in height, serve as skylights by day. Illuminated flames by night, they pay homage to the six million Jewish lives lost. Photo Credit: Maconochie Photography Submitted by: Neumann/Smith Architecture
Honolulu House, Memorial Weekend, Marshall MI
Honolulu House, Memorial Weekend, Marshall MI
Hope College, Holland, MI — Graves Hall
Hope College, Holland, MI — Graves Hall
Dedicated in 1894, this Richardsonian Romanesque facility changed drastically over the years with radical interior renovations. Current renovations included full stone replacement, Dutchman repairs, and consolidation techniques were used to restore the facility’s exterior with material that matched the adjacent in terms of color, texture, and aged detail. A new, barrier-free entrance and elevator addition was constructed, using sandstone from the same geologic origin as the original stone. Rain gutters were restored, improving ventilation and thermal performance, while limiting the damaging effect of rain water washing over the exterior walls. Inside, newly exposed original wood finishes and details were replicated to restore the original rich finishes. The interior was extensively renovated and restored and all the mechanical and electrical systems were replaced to meet 21st century standards. Awards: 2011 Award for Excellence in Masonry Design - Masonry Institute of Michigan and American Institute of Architects/Michigan 2010 Award of Excellence/Historical Renovation and Electrical Categories - Associated Builders and Contractor/West Michigan Chapter 2010 Honorable Mention Award/Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse Category - American Institute of Architects/Grand Valley Chapter Submitted by: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Interior CCS
Interior CCS
College for Creative Studies, Taubman Center for Design Education. It was the place where the field of automotive design was invented and the world’s first concept car was created. The highest form of sustainability is adaptive reuse. A leader in art and design education, the client sought to revitalize a vacant, historic icon into an educational complex devoted to fostering creativity. The 11-story, 760,000 sq. ft. building, a symbolic landmark in automotive history, was originally designed by Albert Kahn as General Motors’ engineering and design center. Submitted by: Albert Kahn Architects
Josephine Ford Cancer Center
Josephine Ford Cancer Center
State of the art cancer treatment center. Submitted by: Sidock Architects
Kids GM Fountain
Kids GM Fountain
Detroit Riverwalk - The design solution accommodates an esplanade park and working waterfront quay. However, spatially constrained and materially modest, this public place aspires to enrich the experience of the river as the city’s greatest natural resource. The design’s underlying character metaphorically recalls the site’s many chapters — from wilderness edge to farmstead docks to transportation interface. For example, the triangular western prow is configured as a series of lawn panels subdivided by “hedgerows” reminiscent of the area’s eighteenth century “ribbon farms.” Children laughing merge with the sounds of the river ebb and flow. Submitted by Albert Kahn Architects
Livonia Community Recreation Center
Livonia Community Recreation Center
Livonia’s eye-catching “mall of fun” is one of the 10 largest municipally operated recreation centers in the nation. A diagonal chevron pattern animates an exterior wall, forever in shade. Bright yellow and red brick cylinders house mechanical equipment and add a sense of play to the building’s brick skin. Approaching the main entrance, wall fins and a bluish-green cylinder of glazed brick shimmer like a lake in high summer. Large curved glass areas bring in natural light and expose the fun to the exterior during the evening hours. The main attraction is a sweeping glass curtain wall that presents a full view of the aquatic center. A window cut into the brick cylinder offers a glimpse of the 250-foot-long red water slide that spirals down the cylinder interior before plunging into the pool. Photo Credit: Laszlo Regos Photography Submitted by Neumann/Smith Architecture
Lower Huron Metropark - Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center
Lower Huron Metropark - Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center
Submitted by: Sidock Architects
Lutheran High South
Lutheran High South
Frenchtown, Michigan. New educational facility containing classrooms, laboratories, and commons areas.  Submitted by Sidock Architects
Macomb Center, Macomb Community College, MI
Macomb Center, Macomb Community College, MI
The efforts of learning and the joys of performing come together at the Macomb Center, a theater/arts complex linked to the campus of Macomb Community College. During a performance at the concert theater, the 1,200 member audience experiences the dramatic effects created by state-of-the-art stage and lighting technology. When the lights come up, the sculptured panels on the balcony walls which contribute to the outstanding acoustics become visible. The complex’s fine arts wing joins a Health and Human Services facility to the south. The center features music practice facilities, a black box theater and a full component of back stage support facilities. Photography Credit: Balthazar Korab Submitted by TMP Architecture, Inc.
Madison Building
Madison Building
The historic Madison Building was transformed into a hub for high-tech entrepreneurial activity and special events that has been instrumental in the rejuvenation of the City of Detroit. The design combines the existing rawness of clay tile ceilings, exposed brick, steel columns and beams, and concrete floors with instances of playful graphics, urban light sculptures, and modern furniture. Open office space with benching style workstations fosters collaboration. Several break-out spaces are provided throughout the floors, separated by low meandering walls with writable surfaces for brainstorming. Bold, abstract graphics and vintage maps and photos of Detroit create unique environments. Etched lettering on glass panels at the stairway adds interest to the monumental staircase. The fifth floor offers state-of-the-art meeting and gathering spaces, including a two-story auditorium. The roof deck provides a unique event space featuring dramatic views of the City. Photo Credit: Maconochie Photography Submitted by Neumann/Smith Architecture
Madonna University Franciscan Center for Science & Media
Madonna University Franciscan Center for Science & Media
Livonia, Michigan The 65,000 gsf Science and Media Building houses a mix of instructional laboratories, faculty offices, classrooms, student gathering areas, state-of-the-art digital TV and radio studios, video editing suites, and a 150-seat lecture hall. The LEED-Gold certified learning center fosters opportunities for intellectual creativity, critical thinking and student-centered instructional methodology. Photo courtesy of SmithGroupJJR, Photographed by James Haefner
UM Hill Auditorium
UM Hill Auditorium
This premiere performance facility now fulfills the expectations of contemporary audiences and resonates the unique acoustic quality of the space that for decades has been the auditorium’s hallmark. Restoration of this 3,575-seat auditorium reflects design excellence in the skillful modernization of this 1913 performance facility while reaffirming throughout the building’s interior and exterior the remarkable artistry of designer Albert Kahn. Submitted by: Albert Kahn Architects
Main North Lofts
Main North Lofts

The Main North development occupies a one-block site in downtown Royal Oak. Evoking the character of the 19c factory the building is updated to include the modern necessities require of urban living today. The handsome and durable landmark building advocates the livability of our communities by affording public and private spaces where people can live, work and shop, strengthening the urban fabric.

Submitted by Victor Saroki & Associates

MASCO Corporation Headquarters
MASCO Corporation Headquarters
Masco Corporation, a leader in the home furnishings and automotive markets, enlisted TMP, their architects on four previous projects, to establish the goals for expansion of its corporate headquarters, and to master plan the site to determine its maximum utilization. The program evolved into a 300,000 square foot addition integrating the existing building into a single facility. The entire facility contains over 320,000 square feet of office and support space, as well as an 80,000 square foot furnishings display center. Internally, a 200 foot long skylit display galleria provides a gathering place for employees and overflow area for major events held in two adjacent meeting spaces. Photography Credit: Gary Quesada / Balthazar Korab, Ltd. Submitted by: TMP Architecture, Inc.
Memorial Plaza at Veterans Park
Memorial Plaza at Veterans Park

This design features a Plaza with a Memorial Wall and a Veteran’s Monument. More than 120 names of veterans from Livonia are etched forever on a black granite Memorial Wall. The three-legged black granite Veteran’s Monument stands 14’ tall with a 40’ tall flagpole waving the American flag. Carved in the six sides are the Livonia city seal and the five seals representing the branches of military service along with the services common motto, “Duty-Honor-Country.” Much like the Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima, the three-legged form represents the six branches of service raising and holding the American flag.

Submitted by Benedetto Tiseo

MGM Grand Detroit Tap Sports Bar
MGM Grand Detroit Tap Sports Bar
Detroit, MI Submitted by: Hamilton Anderson
Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
The Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) is one of only 19 accredited optometry schools in the United States. The design incorporates elements and materials common to neighboring buildings in a bold arrangement of forms. The use of brick commonly found on campus is contrasted with smooth, taut, white metal panels that speak to the clinical nature of the project. Corrugated silver metal panels give the building texture and suggest the technical, equipment-based aspects of the program. The LEED Gold building features a super energy efficient exterior envelope with an exterior wall R value that is 28% higher than required by the energy code. Overall energy performance is approximately 17.5% better than conventionally constructed buildings. Photo Credit: Maconochie Photography Submitted by Neumann/Smith Architecture
Michigan State University Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Michigan State University Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is a premier venue for international contemporary art and serves as a hub for the cultural life of Michigan State University and the surrounding community. Its international exhibition program and wide variety of performances, films, videos, social actions and art interventions situates The Broad at the center of the international art dialogue. Iconic and innovative, the three-level, 46,000 SF building pushed architectural boundaries and is constructed of sloped steel and concrete with a pleated metal and glass exterior. The pleats evolve into open fins over glazed areas, allowing diffuse daylight to filter into the building, creating a dialogue between inside and outside, yet never quite revealing its contents.

Photo Credit: Justin Maconochie

Submitted by: Integrated Design Solutions

Michigan State University Molecular Plant Sciences Expansion
Michigan State University Molecular Plant Sciences Expansion
East Lansing, Michigan Michigan State University’s Molecular Plant Sciences Building reinforces the collaborative multidisciplinary nature of today’s biological research by instituting a flexible, open lab concept, providing an assortment of interaction spaces, and creating a large social gathering space for the students, faculty and research staff. The building serves as a bridge between two scientific disciplines, creating a seamless program, while acting as a new front door to the plant sciences program. Photo courtesy of SmithGroupJJR, Photographed by James Haefner
Michigan State University Case Hall Dining Hall
Michigan State University Case Hall Dining Hall
East Lansing, Michigan Michigan State University embarked upon a $20 million renovation and addition involving the creation of a 650-seat main dining venue and a retail/coffee shop outlet that would create an outstanding dining experience. Five new wait-to-cook food stations were also incorporated. The design focused on creating an exciting new student dining experience with a distinct Midwestern character. Photo courtesy of SmithGroupJJR, Photographed by James Haefner
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI — Great Lakes Research Center
Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI — Great Lakes Research Center
The new 55,000-sf, 5-level Great Lakes Research Center supports and enhances freshwater biological, chemical, and physical research; instruction; and outreach in water-related studies. The University wanted the facility to be located on, and act as a catalyst for rediscovery of, the campus waterfront and lead the development of this under-utilized campus asset, transforming the waterfront area from a campus service and utility area to a prominent role on the campus. With its prominent location on the shoreline of a protected waterway connecting directly to Lake Superior, MTU is well-positioned to advance research into the Great Lakes. Photographer: Andrew Schwallier Photography Awards: Engineering Excellence Merit Award American Council of Engineering Companies/Michigan Honor Award — Building American Institute of Architects/Michigan 2012 Build Michigan Award American General Contractors Design Award of Merit — Institutional Category Association of Licensed Architects Merit Award — Institutional Category Association of Licensed Architects Submitted by: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Muskegon Heritage Square Townhomes
Muskegon Heritage Square Townhomes
Live/work concept townhomes as part of the re-development and revitalization of downtown Muskegon. Submitted by: Sidock Architects
PCIA Headquarters, Brighton MI
PCIA Headquarters, Brighton MI
Penobscot Building(s)
Penobscot Building(s)
Submitted by Richard Wilson
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pointe-betsie-lighthouse
Private Residence - Twin Lake
Private Residence - Twin Lake
Submitted by: Sidock Architects
Romulus Athletic Center
Romulus Athletic Center
Submitted by: Sidock Architects
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Submitted by: Sidock Architects
Shain Park, Birmingham MI
Shain Park, Birmingham MI
Located in the heart of downtown Birmingham, Michigan, Shain Park serves as a public open space and venue for seasonal festivals. While developing the City’s 2016 Strategic Master Plan for downtown, officials and residents expressed the desire to increase the size and eminence of Shain Park by incorporating an adjacent parking lot. The expansion would enhance the park as a civic gathering and recreational space while maximizing its use as a permanent performance space for residents and visitors. Submitted by Albert Kahn Architects
Shenandoah Country Club
Shenandoah Country Club

This prominent country club facility anchors a renowned championship golf course and offers many residential attributes including low-sloped roofs, dramatic overhangs and scale referencing elements like piers, columns and pergolas. The exterior works effortlessly with the complex grades of the site and boldly captures the open prairie qualities of the site with an architecture that is dramatic yet understanding.

Submitted by Victor Saroki & Associates

Sidock Building
Sidock Building
Muskegon, MI Submitted by: Sidock Architects
Skyline High School,  Ann Arbor Public Schools
Skyline High School, Ann Arbor Public Schools

The design of this new LEED Silver Certified 1600-student high school is based around two main ideas: preserving the natural wooded areas surrounding the site, and creating a forward-thinking high tech environment for students. The 381,000 square foot school is located on a 110-acre site but only occupies 65 acres. A four-story design configuration was implemented to reduce the building’s footprint. The first two floors consist of the “high bay” spaces including a dining commons, gyms, auditoria and pool. The upper two floors house four smaller learning communities that are arranged around a central hub.

Photography Credit: Fred Golden Photography

Submitted by:

TMP Architecture, Inc.

St. Malachy Catholic Church
St. Malachy Catholic Church
The open-air shrine at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Sterling Heights, MI is dedicated to Mother of Jesus and the Unborn. The structure is wrapped with a protective brick wall featuring ‘hand impressions’ of the children of the Parish, symbolic of the unspoken. Art glass walls featuring floral scenes from each of the four seasons open onto an existing garden area. Submitted by: Stephen Auger & Associates
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lake Orion, MI
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lake Orion, MI
St. Joseph Catholic Church started out as the designers’ graduate thesis project and best represents his strong feelings toward adaptive rehabilitation and renovation. When the study began the parish was considering abandoning this structure in lieu of a new building, all parties are now happy this recommendation was not adopted. Interior finishes were designed and selected to reflect and build upon the existing Norman craftsman detail throughout the original sanctuary.  Submitted by Stephen Auger & Associates.
Streetscape Washington Blvd
Streetscape Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI Submitted by: Hamilton Anderson
Student Fitness Center, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit
Student Fitness Center, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit
The new University of Detroit Mercy Student Fitness Center is an exciting addition to their historic Detroit campus and its first new building in over 40 years. Materials throughout harken back to the 1920s mission style of the campus core. The facility provides recreation program offerings and is a focal point for student life, providing a wide range of activities in the heart of campus. Building components include a two-court gymnasium with an elevated running track, weight fitness areas and a group exercise room. A light-filled two-story lobby/study lounge, along with men’s and women’s locker rooms and an administrative office area are also included. Photography: Christopher Lark Photography Submitted by TMP Architecture, Inc.
Sukkah Arbor
Sukkah Arbor

Liberty Plaza, Ann Arbor. The winner of Sukkah Arbor was the "Hay Bales" sukkah created by Harold Remlinger, Ralph Nunez and Shari Stein.

Sukkah Arbor, like similar projects in other cities, really gets people involved in the sukkah building process who otherwise wouldn't even know about the Jewish commandment to build a sukkah on the Sukkot holiday. The objectives of Sukkah Arbor were to bring 21st century 'design-build' techniques and materials to a traditional observance, unite the wider community in a participatory, educational and artistic project, and to raise awareness of and educate about modern causes that connect to the holiday of Sukkot including homelessness, hunger and the environment. Architects, builders, environmentalists, and artists who have gotten involved in different aspects of Sukkah Arbor have learned about the Sukkot festival and the meaning of the sukkah.

Superior Dome, Northern Michigan University, Marquette
Superior Dome, Northern Michigan University, Marquette
Whether a spectator or participant, being in the Superior Dome is an event in itself. It is an opportunity to be in the world’s largest wood-domed structure at a span of 533 feet, and to observe how its mechanically retractable synthetic turf can overlay the track/court surface in preparation for field sports. The facility hosts a multiplicity of sports including track and field events, basketball, football, tennis and softball as well as fairs, exhibits, circuses, graduations and meetings for up to 8,000 people. Creating a massive, enclosed, weather-protected environment that would be undisturbed by severe Upper Peninsula winters was an engineering challenge. Photography Credit: Gary Quesada, Hedrich Blessing Submitted by TMP Architecture, Inc.
Tapestry of CDs at DeVos Place
Tapestry of CDs at DeVos Place

A tapestry of CDs take my eye to my favorite local structure and space - the Calderesque stablile ribs of DeVos Place designed by Scott Jordan-Denny - seen at ArtPrize 2011

Taylor City Hall
Taylor City Hall

Renovation of the existing city hall into a more modern and up to date facility.

Submitted by Sidock Architects

The Christman Building
The Christman Building
Lansing, Michigan The need for additional space presented The Christman Company (a construction management and development firm) with a unique opportunity to create a fresh work environment that exceeded employee expectations and demonstrate its dedication to integrated and sustainable design and construction. Christman selected a five-story vacant building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, expressing its commitment to preserve a piece of history and to urban revitalization. Striking a careful balance between protecting and preserving the historic integrity of the circa-1928 building with a first-class and sustainable workplace environment quickly became the fundamental design strategy. This facility is recognized as the world’s first quadruple LEED Platinum certified project. Photo courtesy of SmithGroupJJR, Photographed by Gene Meadows
The Graphics Arts Building
The Graphics Arts Building
The Graphics Arts Building (Completed in 1936, by Murphy and Burns). Located in Detroit's New Amsterdam neighborhood. Submitted by: The Detroit Wallpaper Co.
The Shops at Lafayette Park, Detroit
The Shops at Lafayette Park, Detroit

This shopping center, built in the 1960’s, is located in the Mies van der Rohe Historic District. The existing center, although not designed by Mies van der Rohe himself, was inspired by him. The renovation enhances the center while becoming a more just building to Mies van der Rohe’s style. A new plaza was constructed between the two existing and renovated retail buildings. Incorporated into the design of the plaza is a sloping concrete and landscaped area that was the product of a winning submittal from competing design students.

Submitted by Benedetto Tiseo

Tiseo Architects Interior
Tiseo Architects Interior

An Architect’s office is always a difficult project to design. It has to make a statement about the identity of the company and it puts the architects in the client’s shoes. The main goal of this design was to introduce the company’s open-minded design philosophy. One of the examples is the innovative stretched ceiling system in an even more innovative application installed in the lobby and conference room. The design is present throughout the space making the office pleasant to work in, very functional, and inspirational at the same time.

Submitted by Benedetto Tiseo

Traverse City 86th District Court
Traverse City 86th District Court

Adaptive re-use of two existing stone church buildings into a state of the art District Court facility.

Submitted by Sidock Architects

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um-hill-auditorium.jpg
Visteon Village Corporate Headquarters
Visteon Village Corporate Headquarters
Van Buren Township, Michigan The 265 acre village, serves as a corporate headquarters complex for Visteon Corporation, a Midwest tier one automotive supplier. Acting as a community, includes administrative offices, development/delivery areas, technology/laboratory areas, work area support space, amenities and building support. The village is organized by a series of outdoor spaces: three entry courts, Main Street, and a lakeside promenade. Photo courtesy of SmithGroupJJR, Photographed by Laszlo Regos
Warren Civic Center
Warren Civic Center
The new landmark city hall/library and parking structure lines the east edge of a new city square park consisting of formal green space, a fountain pool which becomes a skating rink during the winter months, and a pavilion building. The modern glass and brick design recalls the City’s roots as an important industrial and research and development town whose great icon was the GM Tech Center. The city hall offices are stacked three floors above the new library. A grand glass-walled atrium links the four floors, serves as the indoor public space, and overlooks the new city square. The structural columns and soffit of the large cantilevered roof canopy create a modern formal front porch. Photo Credit: Maconochie Photography Submitted by Neumann/Smith Architecture
Washington Blvd Public Art
Washington Blvd Public Art
Detroit, MI Submitted by: Hamilton Anderson
Wayne County College College District Northwest Campus
Wayne County College College District Northwest Campus
Submitted by Hamilton Anderson
Western Michigan University Central Campus Mall Sangren Hall Site
Western Michigan University Central Campus Mall Sangren Hall Site
Kalamazoo, MI Submitted by: Hamilton Anderson
William Davidson Player Development Center, University of Michigan
William Davidson Player Development Center, University of Michigan
This new center for men’s and women’s basketball provides approximately 59,000 gross square feet for practice functions surrounding a two-court practice gym. Cardio, strength and conditioning, hydrotherapy, training, and video review areas are also components. The office level accommodates men’s and women’s coaching staff and administrative support functions. Storage, laundry, team lockers, team rooms, coach’s lockers and the lobby incorporating team memorabilia and Hall of Fame materials complete the project. The roof level matches the elevation of the existing concourse in the adjacent Crisler Arena. Photography Credit: Curt Clayton Photography Submitted by: TMP Architecture, Inc.
The Willits
The Willits

Studying the precedents from northern Europe, the architects sculpted this 5-story mixed-use building to respond to the street curves, adjacent buildings and a decided Birmingham aesthetic. Proud cornices convey the building’s order producing historically inspired details. Repeating pilasters create the effect of regular bays. The limestone colored veneer boasts elegant surface detailing and is fenestrated with operable French windows. Submitted by Victor Saroki & Associates

Wyandotte Industries
Wyandotte Industries
Submitted by Sidock Architects.
University of Michigan, Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Addition
University of Michigan, Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Addition
This solar clock stairway design is located in the University of Michigan, Michigan Memorial Phoenix Laboratory Addition which houses the Energy Institute, completed in 2013 by Lord Aeck Sargent. Photography by Curt Clayton Studio.
Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
The Battle Creek Mathematics and Science Center is an adaptive-reuse of the former Kellogg Cereal City USA Museum in downtown Battle Creek. The design transforms the agrarian aesthetic of the former icon into a cutting-edge learning facility. An expressive “V” column in the entry plaza is a source of study and inspiration for students. The interior design concept draws on biological science where walls are set in motion by a three-story pendulum and classroom facades are created by serpentine structural glass. A third floor physics perch allows students to drop objects through the atrium and measure results. Submitted by TowerPinkster
Guardian Building, Detroit MI
Guardian Building, Detroit MI
Aztec inspired lobby of the Guardian Building in Detroit. Photo submitted by Nicholas Wallis
FirstMerit Bank
FirstMerit Bank
FirstMerit Bank building in downtown Saginaw, built in 1925. Photo courtesy of Christopher Bohinski, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, TSSF Architects
Grosse Pointe Public Library
Grosse Pointe Public Library
Notable for being designed by Marcel Breuer, yet it remains a bit of a hidden gem. Photo courtesy of Brian Buchalski
The Whitney, Detroit MI
The Whitney, Detroit MI
The 1894 Romanesque Revival mansion was built by David Whitney Jr., who, at the time, was a successful lumber baron. Photo Courtesy of Liebler Communications
The Dymaxion House
The Dymaxion House
Not originally constructed in Michigan but preserved today at the Henry Ford Museum
Floral Barn at the Wexford County Fairgrounds
Floral Barn at the Wexford County Fairgrounds
This is the Floral Barn at the Wexford County Fairgrounds in Cadillac - one of possibly only 4 octagonal barns in the state. Photo submitted by Chuck Bultman
Hemmingway Cottage
Hemmingway Cottage
Built by Clarence Hemmingway on Walloon Lake and frequented by Ernest Hemmingway during the summers in his younger years – his time in Michigan was the inspiration for many of his short stores. Photo submitted by Fred Butters
Detroit Golf Club
Detroit Golf Club
Designed by Albert Kahn Architect, completed in 1918, located in Palmer Park in Detroit. Photo submitted by Theo Pappas, Stantec Architecture