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Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). Model of St. Mark’s Tower. Unbuilt project. New York, New York. 1927-31. Painted wood. 53 x 16 x 16″ (134.6 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York). © 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ. All rights reserved.

See How MoMA Saved a 90-Year-Old Model Built by Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). Model of St. Mark’s Tower. Unbuilt project. New York, New York. 1927-31. Painted wood. 53 x 16 x 16″ (134.6 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York). © 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ. All rights reserved.

Today, New York City is filled with lots of all-glass skyscrapers. But when famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright was still alive, no clear, glistening towers loomed over the city's skyline quite yet. Wright tried to change that by designing three glass residential apartment buildings in 1930. If built, they would have stood in a triangular formation around St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery in the East Village.

The project never came to fruition, but as Co.Design reports, an architectural model of one of the towers continued to be showcased in international exhibitions. The model survived the decades following Wright's 1959 death, but it was tattered from years of travel—which is why conservationists at the Museum of Modern Art in New York restored it to its former glory before displaying it in a new exhibition of the architect’s work.

"The model came to us in very, very poor condition," conservator Ellen Moody says in the video below, which MoMA filmed to chronicle the restoration process. "It was missing about 50 percent of its exterior; it was covered in soot and grime. It was up to us to bring it to a stable enough condition to be studied and exhibited."

Watch the painstaking process below, or see the restored model in person by visiting the MoMA's ongoing "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive" exhibit.

[h/t Co.Design]

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Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867–1959). Model of St. Mark’s Tower. Unbuilt project. New York, New York. 1927-31. Painted wood. 53 x 16 x 16″ (134.6 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)
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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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