The design for MCCI’s new headquarters unites stylistic elements appropriate to a classic, midcentury media company with a forward thinking creative studio. Upon entering one is confronted with a row of quintessential managerial offices featuring anodized window frames, clear and translucent glazing, and white oak doors. To the south of this zone lies the ‘creative studio’ - a nearly all-white, other-worldly space full of ‘big-table’ desks, informal meetings areas, two ‘phone booths’, a conference room, and a visitor’s/employee lounge. Neatly tucked within the building’s poche lies three edit suites, a recording booth, and photo studio. 

The upscale furniture includes several classic pieces from Knoll, Herman Miller, and Coalesse, and is complemented by a handful of locally produced items including a walnut conference room table, Detroit-made wall paper, and digitally fabricated artwork. Helping to organize the open floor plan are four raised platforms. The raised platforms are covered in reused oak flooring from Reclaim Detroit, serve as a location for private activities, and are a means to insert a series of dramatic, ‘domestic vignettes’ into the creative environment. Further animating the space are a number of voyeuristic view corridors and framing elements that heighten the drama of creative work.


Client/Owner: Mort Crim Communications, Inc.  
Project Size: 8,000 Square Feet
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Building Type: Office Interior
Completed: 2014
Photography: David Lewinski
Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture Selection