Work

May 9, 2019

Design Insights: Romence House

The owner was able to secure a serene vacant lot in an established neighborhood in the City of Grand Rapids, which backs on to a beautiful wooded parcel to the north. The goal of the project was first and foremost to design a home that met contextual needs from the street-side, but took full advantage of the unique natural setting in the rear.  MMA saw the opportunity for horizontal extension of the residence to quiet the home and ground it into its surroundings, and in so doing maximize rear courtyard space for a homeowner who has long term permaculture aspirations.  A detached garage was used to take full advantage of side-setback requirements. Additionally, the garage completes the open courtyard and creates an open moment of outdoor reception to the secluded outdoor space.  The L-shaped plan form created a simple diagram for living–a public arm of space that includes the mudroom, kitchen, dining, and living room, then a private arm of space with office, bedrooms and bathrooms. To accentuate the difference in use and experience, a 12 ft high wood ceiling space covers the public area, allowing ample clerestory light, while a lower ceiling provides intimacy, punctuated by skylights, in the […]
April 12, 2019

Design Insights: Westshore Community College Safety Training Center

In response to the growing need for public safety training, WSCC developed a vision for a multi-dimensional regional training center for public safety programs, including law enforcement and related fields, generating interest throughout central west Michigan.  The College identified an available existing 15-year old building on seven acres in Freesoil, Michigan that could be adapted and reused as an education and training facility to serve both the College and other communities on a regional basis. The adapted building includes classrooms, offices, reception area, conference space, computer labs, simulation labs, forensics lab, 911 training space, open training area, locker rooms and shower facilities, student commons, indoor firing range, and related spaces within the two-story, 21,000 SF facility. As an education facility, the development of new student-occupied space on two levels for WSCC use included:   Architectural upgrades throughout the existing building Fire Protection for the south portion of the main level Elevator to connect both levels Simulation labs New corridor passageways Observation spaces for groups The inclusion of an indoor firing range required particular design focus on two things:  quick evacuation of smoke and acoustic separation to diminish interruption of normal operations in surrounding spaces.  Within the limited floor-to-floor dimension, an […]
January 31, 2019

Design Insights: Riverglass House

The family intelligently acquired a piece of property whose natural attributes eclipsed its suburban surroundings. The lot lines create a compressed, modest street presence and then expand in a gesture to the unique pointed setting on the Thornapple River, with a 200 degree water view. The concept of a long, welcoming landscape to a house that re-dramatizes the opening to a river view was foundational for the design process. Thinking about the house as a threshold to the river experience was an organizational tool for the project. A three story central core is a quotation of the outdoors—a large interior void around which all the individual uses of the house are organized. The core welcomes, but also negotiates egress between offset levels on either side. A large semi-public living room with high ceilings and prominent river views couple with the Master suite above to comprise the southern half of the house. Family function is supported to north: an expansive casual living, dining, and kitchen area on the main level, and children’s bedrooms and play area on the second level. At the highest point of the house, the third level provides multi-directional views and is reserved for focused work, reflection, wellness, […]
May 3, 2016

Happy Window Reveal Party at “In Progress” EGR Residence

Happy Window Reveal to one of our special clients whose home construction is moving along in East Grand Rapids.

Their super energy-efficient custom windows arrived on site last week and they were revealed once installed to the pleased birthday girl with a cake designed by Natty Em's Cake Shop to look like the finished house! Matt Reinsma from Bespoke Homes organized the event and is doing an amazing job on the house.

Follow the progress and view photos of a home under construction in East Grand Rapids at the new "In Progress" page.

April 13, 2016

West Michigan Design Week “Look Behind Design” @UICA

We're excited to have our design for the new Gerald R. Ford International Airport Viewing Pavilion and Park on display this week at the UICA for West Michigan Design Week.

Breaking ground this fall, the viewing area outside our airport here in Grand Rapids is a hidden gem being reinvented. For years parents have brought curious children and aviation enthusiasts have enjoyed their lunch hour watching planes come and go at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport from this hidden area just beyond the runway. Starting this fall a new park and pavilion will welcome the community to this unique experience.

The design of the new airport pavilion and park by MMA will be displayed as a model and renderings as part of West Michigan Design Week at the UICA. You're invited to this one week only sneak preview of the project through Sunday, April 17.

Learn more about West Michigan Design Week and get details on the gallery.

March 28, 2016

Newberry Expansion News

Thanks to Jim Harger and MLive for sharing a bit about the Newberry Place expansion we're working on.

"Newberry Place, a 9-year-old co-housing community in the Belknap Lookout neighborhood, is expanding.

The 20-unit community won permission from the city Planning Commission on Thursday, March 24, to build a three-unit townhouse on a vacant lot located east of the development, which was completed in 2008.

The lot at 123 Newberry Street NE became vacant after the community purchased a dilapidated house on the property and had it demolished by the Kent County Land Bank.

Marty Morgan, president of the Newberry Place Condominium Association, said the new townhouse will be built in cooperation with the owners of the three condominiums that will be built in a single townhouse on the lot.

Architect Evan Mathison said two of the three units will be of a "zero-step" design thanks to the sloping lot. One of the units will be accessible from the street level while a second will be accessible from a ramp that leads from the rear of the lot."