client: nissan design americalocation: farmington hills, michigantype: automotive design studio: renovationsize: 45,000 sfbudget: 15Mmaterials: concrete, wood, steel, glass, rubber, feltcompleted: 2005An intense collaboration between the architects and Nissan Design resulted in a state-of-the-art automotive styling studio in Detroit, MI. The mission was to create an interior environment that supportedgreater connectivity between the automotive styling process and the technological design process for Nissan in North America. The challenge was to create a creative work environment that would strike a balance between the industrial nature of the program and architectural sophistication of an office|studio space.The goal of the new design studio wing at Farmington Hills was two-fold. The new mandate was to build a facility that would allow Detroit to design an automobile while at the same time collaborate with the existing 500 member engineering department. The result is a facility where the entire creation, conception to prototype, of a new automotive design can happen seamlessly.The public entrance, a long and generous loggia space that is the connective tissue between 400 engineers and 30 designers, features a 20-foot high pivoting stainless steel and glass door and a 20-foot tall curved screen which displays projected images. It is a public landscape of the design process where staff communicate through visual image, modeling and prototyping.The Presentation Room is sheltered by a 35 foot wide, 20 foot tall California Redwood clad sliding door. The room contains a state of the art projection screen capable of displaying a full-scale image of a working model and communication networks to manage meetingto all Nissan design studios worldwide. The interior surfaces of the room are lined with bleached oak, indigenous to the Michigan landscape; California meets Michigan in this pivotal space.