General Motors Design Dome

General Motors Design Dome Eero Saarinen SmithGroup
General Motors Design Dome Eero Saarinen SmithGroup
General Motors Design Dome Eero Saarinen SmithGroup
General Motors Design Dome Eero Saarinen SmithGroup
General Motors Design Dome Eero Saarinen SmithGroup
General Motors Design Dome Eero Saarinen SmithGroup

Through mindful and meticulous updates, SmithGroup was able to keep General Motors' Design Dome in the future.

Client

General Motors Corporation

Location

Warren, MI

Markets/Services

Workplace, Corporate Interiors, Architecture, Historic Preservation, Interiors, Lighting Design

Size

39,500 SF

Featured Awards

American Institute of Architects (AIA) -- National, Honor Award - Interior Architecture, 2017

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In 1956, General Motors’ Design Dome revolutionized the automobile industry and became an essential part of Eero Saarinen’s mid-century modern campus--now a National Historic Landmark District.

The creation of the Design Dome marked the first time that cars were presented as art — in a theater of sorts, with lights cascading down on the freshly finished paint so automobile designers could scrutinize the designs of the newly manufactured vehicles. Termed the “Versailles of Industry,” the dome was considered a masterpiece, boasting shadowless lighting design in a bold modern aesthetic.

Our team worked on the 2015 renovation that required meticulous updates to the lighting and mechanical systems without compromising the original design. The dome, after all, had become an architectural marvel, an elegant example of modernist design that defined innovation not only in the architecture community, but in the auto industry.

General Motors Design Dome Eero Saarinen Lighting Design SmithGroup

Our design replaced the dated lighting system with state-of-the-art white and colored indirect LED lighting that provides a pervasive glow, illuminating all sides of the vehicle.

General Motors Design Dome Eero Saarinen Lighting Design SmithGroup

The renovation maximizes flexibility, expanding track lighting with fully adjustable and programmable iPad-controlled lighting systems.

General Motors Design Dome Eero Saarinen Cadillac Buick SmithGroup

General Motors’ Design Dome was designed to epitomize the future. SmithGroup’s renovation has ensured that the Dome will be kept in the future--now and always.