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inFORM studio in Northville, Michigan
August 9th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
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inFORM studio is a Woman-owned, WBE certified, design based practice with three offices in Detroit, Michigan, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and New York City. Each office is fully integrated and collaborates with teams set for each project that span all three locations.
Formed in March 2000, Van Tine|Guthrie Studio of architecture quickly earned a reputation for the progressive work of the three principals, Michael L. Guthrie, Kenneth R. Van Tine, and Gina Van Tine. The firm has received continued peer recognition and community attention for design excellence in acquiring numerous state and local AIA Honor Awards, authoring the winning entry for the Bagley Street Pedestrian Bridge as part of the $120 million Michigan Department of Transportation Ambassador Gateway Project and in June of 2003, was selected as one of eight international finalists out of 1,557 entries to present at the Grand Egyptian Museum Competition Symposium in Cairo, Egypt.
In 2004 the firm was invited to participate, as one of 30 firms from around the world, in the prestigious Canadian Museum of Human Rights competition and recently received an honorable mention in the world-wide competition for the Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen, China. In late 2010, a 2-phase international competition involving 47 firms from around the world was held to select an iconic pedestrian bridge design for the city of Providence, Rhode Island. The proposal submitted by inFORM studio was selected as the winning entry and is slated for completion in 2013.
In an effort to pursue a higher level of research and immerse our practice in an environmentally sustainable approach to every project, the firm formally changed the name to inFORM studio in early 2007. In March 2011, inFORM studio was selected as AIA Michigan Firm of the Year.
The adaptive reuse of a early 20th century Ford Valve warehouse structure on Main Street in the historic downtown of Northville, Michigan, provided a unique opportunity for the insertion of a progressive architecture studio. An intervention of translucent acrylic, steel and stained MDF generates the presence of entry, yet preserves the archeological condition of the found space.
The studio space thrives in an open collaborative setting, wrought with experimentation of tectonics and materials. Reducing the shell to its most essential condition, exposed brick, original concrete floors and deck, it translates into a container for programmatic insertions comprised primarily of furnishings. Workstations consider a comprehensive ergonomic flexibility with autonomously supported adjustable surfaces, moveable storage cabinets and CPU carts. Steel and wood engage in an expressive dialogue in the detailing of lighting, plan rack storage, shelving and supports. Formal articulation of the space responds to the functional requisites of people and equipment, manifesting an intended space for the plethora of paraphernalia we have amassed to practice this profession of architecture.
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