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Chicago Is Getting a Frank Lloyd Wright-Themed Bar

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, 1909

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This summer, Frank Lloyd Wright fans in Chicago will get their very own watering hole. A bar inspired by the legendary architect is opening up on the city’s Near West Side, according to Time Out Chicago.

Due to open this summer, it will be called Prairie School, after Wright’s pioneering design style. Sadly, it’s not going to be located in any of the dozens of buildings in the city and its surrounding suburbs actually designed by Wright. (The space previously housed a restaurant that specialized in lobster rolls.)

The interior design, however, is expected to draw from Wright’s distinctly Midwestern design sensibilities, and the bar will serve Wright-themed cocktails as well. We can’t wait to find out what The Fallingwater tastes like.

[h/t Time Out Chicago]

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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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