Ford’s research campus gets eco-friendly makeover by Snøhetta

Michigan facility will house up to 20,000 employees in flexible, high-tech environment.

Ford has revealed a Snøhetta-designed masterplan to transform its research campus in Michigan into the company’s global epicentre.

The focal point of the project will be a new central campus building which is due to be completed in 2025 and will co-locate more than 6000 employees.

It is envisaged that a campus of interconnected buildings will one day house more than 20,000 employees in a flexible, high-tech environment.

The design of the architecture and landscapes promotes natural light, features high ceilings provides and views of nature, keeping employee health and well-being at the core of the new campus.

Amenities will include cafés and restaurants that prioritise sustainable, local products and farm-to-table food sourcing. Connected outdoor environments are planned for use across all seasons, and include pavilions, courtyards and covered walkways.

It is anticipated that these moves will intensify tree density and the wetland landscape across the remainder of the site. Natural environments will be restored to ensure the needs of people, vegetation and wildlife remain in balance.