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The Final Home Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Is Now for Sale

Willing to shell out $3.6 million for a warm-weather getaway? An architectural treasure in Phoenix, Arizona, is currently for sale: the Norman Lykes house, better known as the last home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Wright designed the futuristic-looking circular home in the late 1950s, modeling its sinuous angles and lines off the nearby Palm Canyon mountains. During this later stage in Wright’s career, the architect was inspired by the geometry of circles to create structures including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the David and Gladys Wright home, a spiral-shaped house Wright built for his son in 1952.

Curbed reports that Wright died shortly after completing sketches of the abode. However, Wright had spoken with an apprentice, John Rattenbury, about the designs. In turn, Rattenbury transformed the sketches into working drawings for Norman and Aimee Lykes, the couple who had originally commissioned the project.

In 1967, the home was finally completed on Wright’s original site. The 2800-square-foot residence was fully renovated in 1995 after a new owner hired Rattenbury to enlarge the master bedroom, combine two smaller bedrooms into a larger guest room, and transform a workshop into a home theater. Today, it boasts three bedrooms, three baths, and all of its original furniture, the Phoenix New Times reports. (The furniture, which was designed by Wright to mimic the home's cylindrical shape, is included in its asking price.) 

Check out some pictures of the house below, or visit the full listing at Estately for more information. 

All photos courtesy of Estately, provided by ARMLS/HomeSmart.

[h/t Estately]

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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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