IBI Group Flex-N-Gate Plant

Our team had the unique opportunity to work on a highly progressive industrial project, and with that, we were able to set design standards for the future development in the manufacturing and mixed use sector in the city of Detroit.

Through research and programming, we discovered alternative stakeholders outside of the end user, as well as cultural, political, and social impacts and challenges. After extensive analysis of the site contextual influences, our group was able to synthesize constraints, convey synergy in the final design and implement lean manufacturing processes to define the technical industrial design criteria.

This site development resides on 30 acres and is approximately 700,000 sq. ft. The structure can be summarized as a 40,000 sq. ft., manufacturing facility with a two-story office that incorporates locker rooms, a cafeteria, full kitchen, offices, and an open-concept collaborative work environment. In response to the natural human desire for a connection with nature, wooden angular forms wrap the exterior of the administration building, providing signage and canopies to guide employees and clients inside. In form and in material, the structure challenges current typologies of manufacturing facilities that exist today.