Detroit Design 139

Adaptive Reuse


A Hub that Stimulates Creativity

Goals for the project were to provide a range of high quality, well-managed spaces, build infrastructure that promotes a cross-pollination of people and develop a tenant mix that promotes job training, education and connection to resources.

Project Details

  • Location: Milwaukee Junction
  • Project Size: 85,000 SQ FT
  • Completion Date: May 2018
  • Developer: The Platform
  • Architects:
  • inFORM Studio
  • Program: Business Incubator, Maker Space

A Maker's Community

Milwaukee Junction is a Detroit neighborhood with a strong history of making. Over time, it has served as a global laboratory to the automotive, rail, music, and film industries. Chroma pays homage to a community of makers by serving the unique needs of creatives, makers, designers, freelancers, and growing businesses. Chroma is a center dedicated to advancing design, craft, and manufacturing while creating a shared community of neighborhood residents, entrepreneurs, and local businesses. The project is the redevelopment of a storage building featuring a production space anchored by food incubation, craft advocacy, design production, and coworking. It also provides events, programming, mentorship, music lab, coffee shop, and a retail opportunity for local makers to showcase their work. This center is a manifestation of Detroit’s distinction as the sole US city named a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO City of Design).