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The Lake Residence: Design Insights


This new family home is located on a beautiful wooded lot that slopes down in two directions to wide, sunset views over the lake. An early exploration into the siting and massing of the home considered public and private spaces, views, daylight, garage access, and lake level storage. As various schemes were considered and discarded or refined, the house began to fit more and more into the site, taking advantage of its slopes and views. The home appears from the street as a low, private residence, yet the deep wood overhang at the entry and the matching low ceiling inside […]

First Prize at Custer ArtPrize Competition!


Thanks to Custer for inviting MMA to participate in their annual ArtPrize party design competition. MMA collaborated with LongRoad Distillery and were inspired by their MichiGin drink recipe, creating this table as a serving space. Way to go MMA design team! Custer’s Announcement of the Award: Custer and Steelcase distributed table bases to our West Michigan architecture and design partners and asked them to unleash their creativity by designing and building a customized, one-of-a-kind Bassline table top. The firms showcased their imagination and ingenuity by presenting their tables and vying for votes at last week’s annual Custer ArtPrize party. Six firms from Grand Rapids, Holland, […]

Westshore Community College Master Planning in the News


Thanks to The Pioneer Group newspaper for including thorough coverage of the master planning meeting at Westshore Community College led by our own Tom Mathison. “The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees and administration heard a report on Monday from Mathison Architect’s  Tom Mathison, who handles the college’s Facilities Master Plan which has to be filed with the State of Michigan giving them the opportunity to secure funding for building projects. Mathison has handled this duty for the college for the past 18 years, since 2000 when he was with the TowerPinkster Firm. He continued to provide those services […]

Muskegon ISD: Design Insights


MMA was thrilled to work with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) to renovate, refresh, and add new space to the existing building. The goals for this renovation project at MAISD included: Better use of ineffective space. Additional conference space and a variety of conference space sizes. Clearer circulation paths throughout the building. Additional storage capacity. Centralized resources. Provision for future growth. Infrastructure upgrades. Improved space utilization included a new welcome desk, the reorganization and expansion of conference space, storage space, office space, and pre-function space. Capturing existing unused area and reorganizing existing space created opportunities for more efficient […]

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 […]