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Brutalist-Themed Coloring Book Lets You Color In Famous Concrete Landmarks

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During the mid-20th century, modernist concrete architecture was all the rage. The style was known as Brutalism—and while some people appreciated its sturdy functionality, other critics thought it was ugly. Marc Thomasset, an art designer/graphic designer in Brussels, Belgium, falls into the former category: As Curbed reports, he’s designed an adult coloring book that pays homage to famous Brutalist buildings, like William Pereira’s Geisel Library (the main library building at the University of California, San Diego) and the Marnix building, a large, modernist office building in Brussels.

The Brutalist Colouring Book features 32 pages of black-and-white architectural line drawings, allowing aspiring designers to add their own personal touch to concrete landmarks around the world. Five hundred numbered, first-edition copies are currently for sale online.

Thomasset fell in love with Brutalism as a young boy. Fueling his interest was a structure in his home city known as the CBR building, which the designer calls “quite unlike any other building in Brussels.” Thomasset tells website CityMetric that he hopes the coloring book “will help raise appreciation for this particular architecture style: the best known original Brutalist buildings are still threatened with demolition.”

Check out a few pages from the Brutalist Colouring Book below, and take some time to learn about Thomasset by visiting his website.

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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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