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App Lets You See Every Detail of Frank Lloyd Wright's Marin County Civic Center

Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy stretches from coast to coast. The architect's most famous work is Fallingwater, a cantilevered home suspended over a Pennsylvania waterfall. But across the country, in California’s Bay Area, sits the Marin County Civic Center, remembered as Wright's last major design commission and only government project. To teach visitors about the sprawling horizontal complex, which links the tops of three separate hills, Curbed reports that Marin County’s Departments of Cultural Services has partnered with the county’s technology services to create an educational smartphone app.

Wright was selected to design the Marin County Civic Center in 1957, and the building was dedicated in 1962. The Civic Center app provides background information on both Wright’s role as designer and the complex's history, with blueprints, architectural plans, and photographs both old and new. (Sadly, the architect never saw his final vision realized: Wright died in 1959, at the age of 92, a year before the Civic Center’s groundbreaking.)

The app also has interactive features to help visitors navigate the enormous, 470,000-square-foot complex. There’s drone video footage of its insides, outsides, and grounds; a 360-degree virtual tour of Civic Center offices; and virtual peeks inside the Marin County Board of Supervisors Chambers, a Hall of Justice courtroom, and the Marin County Library.

Marin County’s new Civic Center mobile app is available for download in English and Spanish in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

[h/t Curbed]

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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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