A Detroit Business Incubator with an Industrial Edge

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June 3, 2014
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  Practice Space
“It provides a sense of old and new together, showcasing the opportunity in Detroit,” says Justin Mast, an architect and organizer behind Practice Space. “Development here operates in its own way. People need to figure it out and connect the dots.”
Photo by Catie Newell
    Practice Space

    “It provides a sense of old and new together, showcasing the opportunity in Detroit,” says Justin Mast, an architect and organizer behind Practice Space. “Development here operates in its own way. People need to figure it out and connect the dots.”

    Photo by Catie Newell

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  Workspace at the Practice Space Incubator
Broadly speaking, the Practice Space concept rethinks what an incubator does. In contrast to the dominant trend of seeding tech-based startups to revitalize the region’s economic base, Practice Space supports brick-and-mortar concepts, such as coffee shops and grocery stores, with ideas, implementation and design. Photo by Doug Coombe
    Workspace at the Practice Space Incubator

    Broadly speaking, the Practice Space concept rethinks what an incubator does. In contrast to the dominant trend of seeding tech-based startups to revitalize the region’s economic base, Practice Space supports brick-and-mortar concepts, such as coffee shops and grocery stores, with ideas, implementation and design.

    Photo by Doug Coombe

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   Practice Space Exterior
Mast and his friend and fellow architect Kyle Hoff seized on the concepts of renovation, revitalization, and adaptive reuse when they worked on the layout of Practice Space. Their design approach sought to preserve, highlight, and play off the character of the 3,800-square-foot former garage. Photo by Kyle Hoff
    Practice Space Exterior

    Mast and his friend and fellow architect Kyle Hoff seized on the concepts of renovation, revitalization, and adaptive reuse when they worked on the layout of Practice Space. Their design approach sought to preserve, highlight, and play off the character of the 3,800-square-foot former garage.

    Photo by Kyle Hoff

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   Metal Curtain at Practice Space
Based on the principles of origami and oriented based on the path of the sun, the curtain of triangle-cut, thin-gauge sheet metal creats a contrast of old and new. The addition stands as a visual metaphor for the way Detroit’s past informs future promise.
Photo by Catie Newell
    Metal Curtain at Practice Space

    Based on the principles of origami and oriented based on the path of the sun, the curtain of triangle-cut, thin-gauge sheet metal creats a contrast of old and new. The addition stands as a visual metaphor for the way Detroit’s past informs future promise.

    Photo by Catie Newell

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   Workspace
Since opening in September 2013, the space has helped catalyze ventures such as 1417 Van Dyke, a live-work concept, and Offworld, an arcade tavern concept that held a pop-up earlier this year. Photo by Kyle Hoff
    Workspace

    Since opening in September 2013, the space has helped catalyze ventures such as 1417 Van Dyke, a live-work concept, and Offworld, an arcade tavern concept that held a pop-up earlier this year.

    Photo by Kyle Hoff

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  Mast and Hoff contrasted the existing features of the space with elements that spoke a more contemporary design language—horizontally stacked plywood, polycarb panels, and steel tubes—adding forward-looking decorations and structural elements.Photo by Kyle Hoff
    Mast and Hoff contrasted the existing features of the space with elements that spoke a more contemporary design language—horizontally stacked plywood, polycarb panels, and steel tubes—adding forward-looking decorations and structural elements.

    Photo by Kyle Hoff

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