A lot! Recently, A3C’s designs for North Star Reach and FordLabs were highlighted in the news, and the similarities between the two projects surprised even us.

Location Location Location: While one is nestled on a beautiful swath of lakefront property and the other is located in the heart of downtown, both make the most of their setting. Campers get to experience nature high up in the trees, and employees benefit from the festivals and amenities of downtown Ann Arbor.

Personalization: At North Star Reach, the walls incorporate donated items like skis and a Jeep door, and at FordLabs, kitchen wall art includes the signatures of all of the employees who started to work in the new office on the first day.

Cozy Corners: Stuffed animals and whimsical bookshelves make for comfortable reading nooks in the treehouse while colorful, squishy chairs and video/board games allow for an area to relax at FordLabs.

Fun!: What we think makes both projects so compelling is the element of fun. Both spaces encourage conversations, creativity, and trying new things – and that’s clear from the first moment you catch a glimpse of the treehouse or enter the FordLabs office.