Growing technology start-up Detroit Labs required a unique flexible space that would allow for seamless collaboration throughout the office. However, as residents of a 1920’s Detroit building, the company also had to be mindful of preservation standards and historic integrity. Kraemer Design Group was able to give them the best of both worlds by creating a space that was both “contemporary cool” and “vintage-industrial” by repurposing the building’s raw materials.

We highlighted the historic integrity of the space through a tactful juxtapose of historic elements with contemporary materials. By cutting through the center of the sixth floor we generated an important visual connection between the two floors and the wood joists that were removed were then repurposed into different elements throughout the space; handrail brackets, windowsills, stud screen walls and window casing. Black pipe, typically used for sprinkler lines, was secured to salvaged wood studs to create an awards display and screen wall. Team rooms, used for small conferences and collaborative work, are located at the creative epicenter of the space on both floors and surrounded by adaptable open office workstations.

The completed space comfortably houses all of Detroit Labs’ employees, has plenty of room for future growth and now drives the creative and inspiring atmosphere this inventive company thrives on.