The Factory at Corktown

The Factory at Corktown

Architect
McIntosh Poris Associates
Location
Detroit, MI, USA | View Map
Project Year
2018
Category
Offices
Justin Maconochie
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Wood Rooftop Decks+TerracesThermory
FlooringArchitectural Salvage Warehouse Detroit
SkylightsDALYTE
PartitionsDIRTT
Aluminum Entrance CanopiesMapes Canopies
Industrial Mid-Bay Light FixturesSpectrum Lighting, Inc.

Product Spec Sheet
Wood Rooftop Decks+Terraces
Skylights
by DALYTE
Partitions
by DIRTT
Aluminum Entrance Canopies
Industrial Mid-Bay Light Fixtures

The Factory at Corktown

McIntosh Poris Associates as Architects

McIntosh Poris Associates was responsible for the renovation and restoration of an existing 19th-Century wood timber and masonry building into a modern office for Ford Motor Company’s self-driving business unit.  Originally planned for Buhl Sport Detroit, the building was purchased by Ford during construction to house Ford’s self-driving business unit and attract fresh talent as part of the company’s commitment to enhancing Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.  McIntosh Poris Associate’s design concept was to bring back the building’s original form and retain as much of the historic character as possible while meeting Ford’s requirements. 

photo_credit Justin Maconochie
Justin Maconochie
photo_credit Justin Maconochie
Justin Maconochie

The extensive renovation involved shoring up the walls and floors and refinishing the original timber beams and wood flooring.  McIntosh Poris Associates installed expansive steel windows and glass floor-to-ceiling garage doors to maximize the permeation of natural light.  Brick walls, high ceilings, and exposed structure invoke a simple and industrial warehouse feeling reflective of the previous use and original architecture.  New elevators, stairs, and connections between previously separate spaces were critical, as Ford prioritized easy interaction among employees and teams.  Open workspaces offer a flexible environment for collaboration while glass phone booths and meeting rooms allow for focused work and discussion.  The design includes a ground-floor garage that houses Ford’s self-driving vehicles.  A significant amount of roof area was converted into a terrace for Ford employees to use on a seasonal basis. 

photo_credit Justin Maconochie
Justin Maconochie
photo_credit Justin Maconochie
Justin Maconochie
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