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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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When an architect gets commissioned to build a skyscraper or a memorial, they’re usually not the only applicant for the job. Other teams of designers submit their own ideas for how it should look, too, but these are eventually passed over in favor of the final design. This is the case for some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks—in an alternate world, the Arc de Triomphe might have been a three-story-tall elephant statue, and the Lincoln Memorial a step pyramid.

GoCompare, a comparison site for financial services, dug into these could-have-been designs for Alternate Architecture, an illustrated collection of scrapped designs for some of the most famous structures in the world, from Chicago's Tribune Tower to the Sydney Opera House.

Click through the interactive graphic below to explore rejected designs for all five landmarks.

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For Sale: The Safest House in America, Complete With Hidden Command Center
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For some people, locking the front door just isn't enough to feel fully safe at home. Maybe they set up a home security system. Maybe they go out and buy a fancy smart home hub with a security camera. Or maybe they spend six years and $30 million to build a veritable fortress mansion, as one guy in Atlanta did. That house, called the Rice House and referred to as one of the safest homes in America, is now up for sale for $14.7 million.

Built by an entrepreneur who hired a security architect with a background designing Justice Department buildings (and his own bunker/house), the Rice House is billed as a "modern fortress" in the real estate listing.

For its owner, creating an impenetrable home was more of a personal challenge than a real security need, according to Bloomberg. But by its features, you'd think it was built for a Bond super-villain or a head of state, not a businessman in a wealthy Atlanta neighborhood.

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It has its own water and power supply, a 5000-square-foot command center hidden behind a waterfall, a vault, and doors capable of withstanding machine gun fire. There’s an indoor gun range, in case you need some target practice. There’s enough room in the garage for 30 cars, in case you have a few dozen Batmobiles—or you want to invite friends to hunker down with you during the apocalypse.

And since anyone who lives there might be more invested in staying safely inside the gates than going out on the weekends, the place has plenty of amenities that make it a standalone mini-community. It’s got its own art gallery, a gym, a bowling alley, a wine cellar, a home theater, and a pool. It has three kitchens and two commercial elevators, with staff quarters so the servants you inevitably need to cater to you never need to leave, either.

But wait, there’s more. If the house lacks something you want, that’s fine! Because according to the listing, “the property purposefully awaits final personalization.” In other words, for your $14.7 million, it’s not finished.

Check it out here.

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