Snøhetta’s “quilt” masterplan to transform Ford’s Dearborn research campus

Norwegian architect Snøhetta has designed a redevelopment of Ford’s 66-year-old product development campus in Dearborn, Michigan.

A new building will be added to Ford’s research and engineering centre, with initial construction due to be finished in 2022 and fully completed by 2025.

Craig Dykers, Snøhetta’s co-founder, said: "We envision a quilt of interconnected buildings, with Ford teams woven together in such a way that enables collaboration and innovation in its transformed workspace. Natural and built environments, employees and communities, moving in one Ford ecosystem, and connected with the world around it."

Snøhetta’s masterplan, the result of two years of research and planning, will provide more public spaces and shared pathways for employees and residents, along with coffee shops and restaurants. It will also contain flexible workspaces, and be navigated through a public transport loop.

David Dubensky, Ford Land’s chairman, said: "We are building workspaces of the future in Dearborn and globally that will bring all of our people, with their incredible talent and energy, together in one place."

About 6,000 Ford employees, most of whom will be designers and vehicle developers, will work in the centre.

The interconnected product development campus will be paired with the Snøhetta-designed transformation of Michigan Central Station in Detroit’s Corktown neighbourhood, announced in 2018, which could eventually hold 20,000 employees.

Images courtesy of Ford/Snøhetta

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