Without knowing it, you’ve likely seen the work of Kraemer Design Group in downtown Detroit. The architecture and design firm, who also does a great deal of historical consultation, has been a part of nearly every renovation in Capitol Park, and also high profile projects like Merchants Row and Broderick Tower. KDG is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and they invited Curbed in to see their newly remodeled office space.
Bob Kraemer said he had the idea to remodel for years, but it started becoming a reality last summer. The firm’s 20th anniversary was fast approaching, and logistically, they were running out of desks. They started construction this spring on the remodel and finished in June. This design highlights collaborative work spaces, an important element to the firm.
The firm now has no private offices. The desks are benched with four desks together, with a higher communal table linking them, as seen above. The new remodel also features many smaller spaces where people can chat and share ideas.
One unique feature that runs through the office is a 100-foot textured wall created by artist Mark Mardirosian. The wall features many elements from work sites in Detroit from the past, all painted white.
The office space also has meeting areas with screens that function as an incredibly big ipad, with the functionality to draw in 3-D, hand sketch on documents, pretty much anything you can think of. The largest is set up with a large orange couch where guests can meet and collaborate.
The remodeled space also features a communal kitchen, high tables where designers can collaborate, a space where all projects are organized into bins, and traditional conference rooms. Here’s a look inside.