November 2013 / Detroit, MI
The project involved a 1800 sq. ft. new structure for new kitchen space and the renovation of a previously vacant 1700 sq. ft. building for retail, connected through a restored historic archway. As a gateway to Corktown, the new corner facade of the existing building creates a visual connection between Michigan Avenue and Detroit's CBD. Reclaimed wood and recycled materials are used throughout. Historic archways of the the existing building are re-opened as window and doorways. In addition, after completing a green space analysis of Corktown, we recognized the need for (and created) a pocket park to increase the walkability of the neighbourhood. A local artist, Ben Saginaw, was commissioned to create a mural on the new construction facade facing the park. Patrons can experience the bagel-making process through programmed windows while enjoying the green space. Interior illustration of 'how a bagel is made' by local artist Ben Bunk.
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