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You Could Own North America’s Tallest Single-Family House

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If you’ve ever wanted to sequester yourself and your family in a villain’s lair perched high above the desert, now is your chance. The unique Falcon Nest, the tallest single-family residence in North America, is up for sale.

Designed by architect Sukumar Pal for his own family, the 10-story house in Prescott, Arizona is actually pretty small for its surroundings. It stands next to the Thumb Butte, a natural landmark that stands 6514 feet.

The house looks more like a fire lookout tower than a typical three-bedroom home, in part because the chimney-shaped design works to passively keep the house at a comfortable temperature in both winter and summer. The living area juts out like a cross on top of a tall inner atrium, with glass ceilings in several of the rooms.

Sure, the interiors are unconventionally shaped, but really, you’re buying it for the view, not the kitchen.

While it may be the tallest house in America, it’s far from the tallest in the world: It pales in comparison to Mumbai’s 568-foot-tall single-family skyscraper.

But you can still lord over all of Arizona—views stretch for more than 120 miles—for a cool $1.5 million, which is a huge bargain compared to the $2.8 million Pal was asking for in 2015.

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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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