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August 23, 2021


Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Commissioner Maurice Cox announce VolumeOne Design Studio LLC together with Civic Projects Architecture (Community Engagement), Landon Bone Baker (AOR), Omni Workshop (Landscape), Seek Design (Interiors) to be the winners of the RFP for the INVEST South/ West Chicago, Bronzeville RFP.
KMW Communities (Chicago), Bronzeville Partners (Chicago), LG Development Group (Chicago) are the developers and MB TEAM (Chicago) is the marketing firm.

The Legacy District development expresses cultural vitality and fosters pride and a sense of place through a characteristic identity and quality open spaces. Perceived as Bronzeville’s food, art & culture corridor, the neighborhood offers a historically active and vibrant art and music scene, which is complimented by the integration of the proposed corner plaza offering spill-out space for the food market and the adjacent colonnade along 47th Street to activate the street and diversify spatial qualities within the corridor. The proposal is designed to be family oriented, with two-thirds of the units being large 3-bedroom units and about one third being 2-bedroom units. The 4,700 square-foot rooftop farm not only provides residents with proximal access to nature and a space for gardening, but it also opens opportunities for educational programming.

Urbanize Chicago

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Tribune

Block Club Chicago

April 21, 2021


Save the Date! April 21, 2021, 4-7pm EST. Model preview party @ 3730 4th St, Detroit

February, 2021


To all of our friends and collaborators around the world, VolumeOne Design Studio Detroit wishes a wonderful, healthy and successful New (Lunar) Year of the Ox!

December, 2020


VolumeOne wishes all our friends, colleagues, and partners a wonderful holiday and a successful year 2021. Especially during the challenging COVID-19 times, our team wants to thank all our collaborators for patience, support and resilience during 2020.cember

October 15, 2020


Today we celebrate the groundbreaking of the Osi Art Apartments at West End. It will be one key node of the ‘West End Gallery District,’ a UNESCO Neighborhood City of Design partner, envisioned as a local and regional destination celebrating arts and culture and nurtures creative entrepreneurs.


Osi Art Apartments at West End is being developed by Rod Hardamon, chariman of the URGE Development Group and George N'Namdi, owner of the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Arts. The project will provide 30 new units, of which 50% will be affordable.

New building with 30 apartments is first new development in planned gallery district

Osi Art Apartments to bring affordable housing and design to Detroit's Woodbridge area

Woodbridge-neighborhood apartments billed as first step for new Detroit gallery district

Osi Art Apartments Launches First Phase of New West End Gallery District

September 25, 2020


Today we celebrate the Topping Out of the Fourth & Selden Building, which is the first phase of Midtown West, Detroit.

January, 2020


To all of our friends and collaborators around the world, VolumeOne Design Studio Detroit wishes a wonderful, healthy and successful New Year of the Rat!

December, 2019


VolumeOne wishes you season's greetings and a happy and successful new year!

November, 2019


Today we celebrate the groundbreaking of the Fourth & Selden Building as the first phase of Midtown West, Detroit. Construction of the 26-unit, 35,500 sf building will begin imminently.

$100M Midtown West development breaks ground on site of Wigle Recreation Center

Developers break ground on $55 million first phase of Midtown West

Detroit's Midtown district spreads west with new project farther from Woodward

September, 2019


Lars Gräbner speaks at Re: Housing: Detroit Symposium

September, 2019


Excited to announce our feature in Archinect, as part of their feature on designers in Detroit, Michigan. To read our interview, click the link below:

"VolumeOne explains their method for embracing scale and cultural differences to create impactful projects"

August, 2019


After reviewing more than 150 submissions, we are excited to announce that The Stone Soap was chosen to be showcased in the 2019 Detroit Design 139 Inclusive Futures Exhibition!


For more information on Detroit Design 139:
Detroit Design 139

Stone Soap Redevelopment

February, 2019


"These building refills are a good metaphor for a new type of gentrification being pioneered in Detroit: They redensify the abandoned fabric with useful infill, but do not take away the texture that makes Detroit unique..."

See the Stone Soap Redevelopment mentioned in Archpaper's article: Five years after Detroit's bankruptcy, design fuels recovery...

January, 2019


To all of our friends and collaborators around the world, VolumeOne Design Studio Detroit wishes a wonderful, healthy and successful New Year of the Pig!

December, 2018


VolumeOne wishes you a happy and successful new year!

January, 2018


VolumeOne wishes you a successful new year of the dog!

The team at VolumeOne looks forward to continue with the great collaborations and wishes all our friends, colleagues, partners, clients and collaborators a happy new year!

January, 2018


Cass & York Sales Gallery unveiled in the Fisher Building on January 25, 2018. Opens to the public February 2.

Cass & York

Cass & York Sales Gallery

The Platform

Curbed Detroit

December, 2017


VolumeOne wishes you a happy and successful new year!

October, 2017


Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announces the redevelopment and adaptive re-use of the historic Stone Soap building will be one of the first projects in the larger plan to transform the East Riverfront of Detroit. Detroit’s VolumeOne Design Studio is responsible for the iconic transformation of the building. The Stone Soap redevelopment is part of the city’s larger East Riverfront framework plan, designed to return the riverfront back to the citizens of Detroit. Under the plan, the East Riverfront area will continue to be transformed from a former blighted, industrial area into a vibrant waterfront for all Detroiters.

By adding a three to six-story structure the redevelopment of the historic building will be turned into a new, 124,000 sqft mixed-use structure that includes the renovation of the existing structures. There will be 64 new residential units, including condominiums and rental units, 20 percent of them reserved as affordable housing.

The project also includes new retail space and new, permanent performance space for Shakespeare in Detroit, a locally based company performing Shakespeare’s works across the city. Volume One Design Studio and Frank Arvan, Director of Design for the Banyan Investment Group are collaborating in restoring the historic existing buildings and creating an exciting iconic modern addition that connects to Detroit’s industrial past.

Crain's Detroit

Curbed Detroit

Detroit Free Press

September, 2017


Principal at VolumeOne Design Studio and Taubman College graduate studio coordinator Lars Gräbner speaks at panel discussion, A City For All: Future Housing Models for the City of Detroit. The panel discussion is part of the Detroit Design 139 Exhibition that is on view September 14-30, 2017.

In Fall 2016, University of Michigan Taubman College Master of Architecture students collaborated with the City of Detroit in a semester-long design studio to generate creative ideas and innovative proposals that demonstrate how housing can contribute to urban, social and economic development within the City of Detroit. The studio produced approximately 50 projects across 13 studios, and eight of the 50 projects are highlighted in the exhibition.

September, 2017


Two VolumeOne projects have been selected to be included in the Detroit Design 139 exhibition.
The Detroit Design 139 is an architecture advocacy platform that organizes thought-leadership design initiatives focusing on Detroit's future built and natural environment. An international jury has selected 18 submissions which are on display in the recently renovated 1001 Woodward storefront along Campus Martius in the heart of downtown Detroit.

VolumeOne contributes with the 644 Selden Redevelopment in the adaptive reuse category, a vital contribution to the Selden Innovation Corridor, and the Cass & York Condominium and mixed use Development in Techtown, in the new Construction Category. The exhibition opens September 14 and runs through September 30.

Detroit Design 139

644 Selden

Cass & York

Curbed Detroit

Detroit Free Press

August, 2017


Apart of the newly announced $20 million Selden Corridor Initiative, the Selden Corridor Redevelopment consists of the adaptive reuse of a former commercial work yard into future residential, commercial and mixed use buildings that will act as a vital connector between Second Avenue and the Midtown West Development in Midtown, Detroit.

Crain's Detroit Business

Curbed Detroit

Detroit Free Press

April, 2017


VolumeOne Design Studio LLC together with PDH Development Group LLC have been announced the winners of the RFP for the former Wigle Recreation Center Site in Midtown Detroit. The more than seven acre site will be developed as Midtown West for a walkable and integrated residential extension to the Cass Corridor and will offer 175 rental units (of which 20% will be affordable), 160 for sale units, about 8,000 square feet of retail space, and a one-acre public green space in it’s heart.

The $77 million development was conceived by principals Lars Gräbner and Christina Hansen of VolumeOne as a sustainable and well integrated medium density housing development with clearly defined public spaces, pedestrian connections and semi private courtyards. A variety of housing types contribute to a distinct neighborhood character, while the reconfiguration of the historic street grid with the extension of Fourth, Tuscola and Brainard Streets contribute to the overall Midtown district.

Groundbreaking is planned for the fall of 2018.

Curbed Detroit

Detroit Free Press

City of Detroit I News

December, 2016


VolumeOne wishes you a Happy and successful new year 2017!

February, 2016


VolumeOne wishes you a wonderful holiday and a successful new year of monkey!

The team at VolumeOne looks forward to continue with the great collaborations and wishes all our friends, colleagues, partners, clients and collaborators a happy new year!

January 14, 2016


Our Hefei No.45 Middle School is featured on ArchDaily, and gooood.hk (谷德设计网) today.

And we would like to express our appreciation to everyone who put the effort in making this project a successful one!

ArchDaily

gooood.hk (谷德设计网)

January 11, 2016


Our research project, Mapping Detroit, is now featured on DETROITography.

DETROITography = Detroit Cartography/Geography – the website is about maps and geography of Detroit. It writes about maps that other people make about the city as well as create their own maps of Detroit.

DETROITography

December, 2015


Seasons Greetings & A Happy New Year!

VolumeOne wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a successful new year 2016!

The team at VolumeOne looks forward to continue with the great collaborations and wishes all our friends, colleagues, partners, clients and collaborators a happy new year!

November, 2015


The VolumeOne Team is happy to announce that it is the proud winner for the design of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Multi-Block District.

September 30, 2014


Lars Gräbner (Associate Professor at Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning in University of Michigan) led his studio team from graduate school to China for the global architecture and urban design studio, named Global Workshop. In Zhengzhou and Beijing, the team was joined with students from BUCEA (Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture) and designers from SPD Beijing.