Built-In Landing Strip and Shoe Rack

So smart and so simple. After we blogged PLY Architects' Michigan home and headquarters, we looked a little more deeply into their portfolio and found this single family home in Ann Arbor with a brilliant detail: a built-in shoe rack at the front entrance. The entryway provides storage and seating without quartering off the space or blocking natural light. Click below for links and more photos of this home.

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According to PLY's website, the client - a Japanese-American family - requested a place to remove and store shoes. The clients' needs "provided the opportunity to spatially enhance the rituals of daily life and frame them within the larger context of the site." We think it's one of the most well-designed landing strips we've come across.

For more information on PLY Architects, click here.