This micro-sized mixed-use project is a courtyard building for the low density landscape of Detroit. Around the central void are spaces for entry, work, and cooking. A small suite upstairs includes bedroom and bathroom.
It is a demonstration that contemporary workspaces offer a positive, small-scale infill opportunity for Detroit’s “20 Minute Neighborhoods.”
The courtyard acts as a multipurpose space that provides an extra room when needed.
The tower addresses Gratiot, a nearby thoroughfare. The form and detailing of the structure gives a nod to the Art Deco Goeschel Building a few blocks away.
Utilizing the courtyard and a system of unique light scoops, the interior benefits from generous indirect illumination.
Light entering via the courtyard is bounced off of the building’s small tower or filtered by vegetation.
Axonometric detail of scoops carved from the thickness of the roof to introduce indirect light to the interior.
View of the library/workspace
View of the kitchen (island and fittings not shown)
Left: Ground Floor. Right: Upper floor.