Architectural Design Inspiration in Ann Arbor

From beloved campus buildings to beloved city eateries, the buildings of Ann Arbor offer immense design inspiration.

By: Lish Dorset
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The Diag

The Diag is an open space located within the central campus of the University of Michigan. The brass "M" located here is packed with folklore; legend has it that if a student steps on the symbol before their first exam, they're sure to fail.

Michigan Union

The Michigan Union is arguably one of the most recognizable landmarks on the university's campus. The U-of-M flag proudly flies atop the building.

Nickels Arcade

The Nickels Arcade is a covered shopping district close to campus. Opened in 1918, today it features a variety of different businesses.

Fleetwood Diner

The Fleetwood Diner located on Ashely Street is the "hippest diner in Michigan." The restaurant, offering diner grub 24 hours a day, is known for its retro-styled design.

Downtown Home & Garden

Downtown Home & Garden is not just a garden supply store, its building is a history lesson. Walk inside and you'll see the original wooden grain chutes and shafts, among other architectural treasures.

Kerrytown Market & Shops

Kerrytown Markets & Shops is a one-stop destination for food, art, and more in Ann Arbor. The historic buildings were converted into shops in the 1960s.

Right This Way

The market is easy to identify thanks to its bright colors and trademark flower logo.

Artfully Built

Inside the market you'll find examples of art in the building's own design and construction, like this tile installation.

Zingerman's Deli

Whether you're a student or longtime resident, Zingerman's Deli is a welcomed treat for any meal of the day. A staple in Ann Arbor since 1982, thousands of residents and visitors flock to the historic building for one of their famous sandwiches and deli products.

A Look That "Zings"

The Zingerman's font, even as a tile mosaic detail in the store's front sign, is a trademark of the company.