Category Archives: Design

Airport Park & Pavilion Featured in “Airport World”


Thanks to “Airport World” for featuring our Gerald R Ford International Airport park & pavilion project! ## Gerald R Ford International Airport’s renovated ‘viewing park’ where people can come and watch aircraft landing and taking off has quickly become one of the most popular attractions in the county. Indeed, the Mathison I Mathison Architects (MMA) designed park is already a magnet for aviation enthusiats, families and photographers either living in or visiting the Michigan city of Grand Rapids. Prior to the renovation, there was only a parking lot, picnic tables and a grassy strip. ## Read the full article HERE. […]

Gun Lake Residence: Design Insights


The Gun Lake house is situated on a narrow peninsula that offers extraordinary views of the lake in multiple directions.  The land is neatly populated with century-old homes that quietly take advantage of this uncommon setting.  A primary goal of our client was a desire to reconstitute the relationship of their house to its surroundings, while remaining sensitive to the communal context of the architecture. The design seed of the new project was simply to rotate the footprint of the existing house 90 degrees, so that the broad side of the home would open to the broad view of the lake. The […]

AIA of Michigan Awards Airport Park & Pavilion


Local Airport Viewing Park Receives Statewide Architecture Design Award The American Institute of Architects – Michigan awards Mathison | Mathison Architects for their design of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Viewing Park and Pavilion. Grand Rapids, MI – June 20, 2018 The viewing park and pavilion at Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the latest recipient of a statewide architecture design award. The architect of the park and pavilion, Mathison | Mathison Architects (MMA), from Grand Rapids, received the recognition. MMA received the “Small Budget Award” from the Michigan Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award, according to AIA, is […]

Boston Common Magazine Features Berkshire Residence


Thanks to Boston Common Magazine and writer, Marni Katz for featuring our Berkshire Residence in their May 2018 print edition. Here is an excerpt of the article, see more about the Berkshire Residence, including a spectacular video, on our project page. The full article may be found in the Boston Common May 2018 digital edition. ## Cabin Fever How to design a dreamy Berkshires getaway with luxury decor, sweeping views and, above all, coziness. For five years, a particularly nature-loving Boston family escaped to a one-room cabin in the Housatonic River Valley in Great Barrington. That’s right, one room. Designed […]

Miller Physical Education Building: Design Insights


The Miller Physical Education Building is the newest building on Kellogg Community College’s (KCC) main campus, replacing the former Miller Memorial Gymnasium, constructed in 1966, in approximately the same footprint as the original building. It is designed as the home of KCC’s acclaimed competition athletic teams, KCC physical education classes, student and staff recreation facilities, academic classrooms and training spaces for multiple KCC programs, staff offices, community education spaces, and support area. The building is organized by function and space volume, with the largest volume being the primary multipurpose gymnasium space, which anchors the building and makes a strong presence […]

Hawksview House: Design Insights


  From a steep, south facing slope in Upstate New York, Hawksview is built on the same footprint as the previous house for this multigenerational family.  It is designed to capture dramatic views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains through the design of a raised, cantilevered living area, rotated 45 degrees to the foundation.  The primary building form of the new living level is simple – a single sloping shed roof with expressed wood ceilings and soffits throughout. The cantilevered form gives the feeling of floating over the landscape, as it simultaneously protects guests from the elements at […]

Airport Viewing Pavilion: Design Insights


The airport viewing park and pavilion project was a passion project for our team at MMA, along with the Cascade Community Foundation and Gerald R. Ford International Airport. It’s a community project with the goal of enhancing the community experience for everyone. The concept of this design was inspired by the existing landscape, the powerful view corridor to the runway and the power of flight. At its core, this project is comprised of two floating roof planes and a landscape. Functionally, it doubles parking capacity, adds bus parking, provides shelter and restrooms, and new, custom-designed barrier-free picnic tables and benches. […]

Dwell Names Deer Haven Residence “Best Modern Home”


Dwell editors chose MMA’s Deer Haven Residence as a “Best Modern Home”. Deer Haven Residence is located in Grand Rapids, MI and was build for a busy, growing family of five. It is a 3,000sf home conceived as a narrow bars of space that follow and step down with the subtle contours of the site and unfold to the South to take advantage of the daily path of the sun and natural site air movements. Nestled into its wooded 1-acre setting, the building carefully occupies the space between the ground and the tree canopy with an unfolding spatial sequence that […]

Houzz Tour: A Fresh Look for a Modern Gem in Michigan


MMA was recently featured on Houzz for their midcentury modern renovation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. See before and after project photos and more information HERE. ## Houzz Tour: A Fresh Look for a Modern Gem in Michigan A new black exterior, a streamlined kitchen and white oak floors bring this 1970s home up to speed When a young professional couple returned to their hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan, to be closer to their parents as they started their own family, they found a 1971 architect-designed home for sale by the original owner. While the home had been well-cared-for, the gray, cedar-clad exterior […]