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Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Minnesota Goes on Sale for the First Time Ever

One of the last homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is in need of new owners, according to Town & Country. The American architect got to work on the house in 1958, a year before his death. Construction was completed without him in 1960 and now the house is on the market for the first time in its history.

The structure has belonged Paul and Helen Olfelt since the couple hired Wright to build it nearly 60 years ago. Located seven miles from downtown Minneapolis, it contains three bedrooms, two baths, and fixtures and furnishings designed by Wright himself. The property is one of about 60 Usonian-style homes designed by the architect between the mid-1930s and late '50s. Like others in the group, the Minnesota building is a ranch house with an open floor plan and strong lines throughout. It also features a finished basement—a rarity for a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed property.

In the past few years alone, Wright houses have been listed at prices ranging from $445,000 to $3.6 million. The Minnesota listing lands somewhere in the middle at $1.395 million. You can find a more detailed description of the home at Coldwell Banker.

[h/t Apartment Therapy]

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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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