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Czech Architects Covered a Building Facade With Hundreds of Plastic Chairs

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Seeking to give their shop a low-cost, high-statement makeover, MY DVA Group, a furniture company in the Czech city of Brno, hired local architect firm Chybik + Kristof to make the former car showroom look like a place that sold home furnishings. Their solution, according to Dezeen, was to cover three sides of it in furniture: 900 used black plastic chairs, all of which cost around $3 each.

Each of the individual chairs are attached to a steel structure that covers the building’s original facade. They’re removed once or twice a year, when the building needs cleaning.

The look is sculptural and modern, while also being playful and informative: "We are a young studio and we think all our designs should be a bit funny," Ondrej Chybik, a co-founder of Chybik + Kristof, told Dezeen. "But in a smart way of sharing information about the building's programatic function."

Check out some pictures of MY DVA Group's furniture-covered store below.

[h/t Dezeen]

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This Russian Kindergarten Looks Just Like a Castle
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A group of lucky kindergarteners in Russia don’t have to wear poufy dresses or plastic crowns to pretend they’re royalty. As Atlas Obscura reports, all they have to do is go to school.

In a rural area of Russia's Leninsky District sits a massive, pastel-colored schoolhouse that was built to resemble Germany's famed Neuschwanstein Castle. It has turrets and gingerbread-like moldings—and instead of a moat, the school offers its 150 students multiple playgrounds, a soccer field, a garden, and playhouses.

Tuition is 21,800 rubles (about $360) a month, but the Russian government subsidizes it to make it less expensive for parents. As for the curriculum: it’s designed to promote social optimism, and each month’s lesson plan is themed. (September, for example, will be career-focused.)

Take a video tour of the school below, or learn more on the school’s website.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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This Chinese Library's Interior Is Designed to Look Like an Infinite Tunnel of Books
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The Chinese city of Yangzhou is known for its graceful arched bridges and proximity to the Yangtze River and the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. Architects kept these unique local features in mind while designing Zhongshuge Yangzhou, a new bookstore and library that was completed in 2016.

Designed by Shanghai studio XL-Muse Architects, the building has black, mirrored floors and arched ceilings that symbolize Yangzhou’s famous waterways and overpasses. The floor reflects the store’s curving shelves to create the illusion of a never-ending tunnel of books—a true bibliophile’s dream.

Learn more about Yangzhou’s unique library/bookstore below, courtesy of Great Big Story.

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