Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Detroit Public Schools – Support Services Building ‘A’ in Michigan by inFORM Studio
November 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: inFORM Studio
The Thorn Apple Valley redevelopment is an analysis into the adaptive reuse of a collection of processing and manufacturing facilities for the future use of office space and distribution for an urban school district. The Support Services Center is an extreme renovation to a 170,000 s.f. structure which, over the life of the building, resulted in eight (8) separate additions with seven (7) varying floor heights throughout the facility.
The previous amalgamation of processing and office space made navigation through the entire building completely incomprehensible. Through a series of circulation interventions and minimal insertions to define programmed space, a new, clear organization emerges for the consolidation of departments required. Given the banal nature of the Support Services program and an extremely tight budget, a strategy of strip and skin was applied to the exterior, while only necessary programmatic interventions were applied to the interior. There is a harmonious discourse provided between the existing raw space and the new interventions. A similar discourse between renovation and the context around it is equally provocative as the new project becomes a catalyst for the blighted region.
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.
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.
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