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The Tbilisi Chess Palace and the Alpine Club by Vladimir (Lado) Aleksi-Meskhishvili (1915-1978) and Germane Gudushauri (born 1939) opened in 1973 in Kirov (today’s Vere) Park. It is one of the unique examples of late Soviet Modernist architecture.

Mostly referred to as Tbilisi Chess Palace,..

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Rose Pauson House

Phoenix, Arizona, USA
by Frank Lloyd Wright

The Pauson House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939 and constructed in 1940 in the desert of Arizona, “the most wonderful Earth site” according to words of the architect. Rose Pauson and her sister, Gertrude, only lived there one season. When returning to their native city, San Francisco,..

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The São Bento Railway Station project began in Paris, when Marques da Silva, with his usual sense of pragmatism, chose Central Station as the topic for his final coursework. This choice was understandable, not only in his ambition that the city of Porto would construct such a building, but also..

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Blaibach Concert Hall

Blaibach, Germany
by Peter Haimerl

Blaibach is a village in the German state of Bavaria, near the border with the Czech Republic. Like other communities in the region, it faces a declining population and an increasingly vacant town center as people leave the area for the lure of larger and more modern cities. Enter a government..

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Stanzia Brčevac

Brčevac, Croatia
by Emil Jurcan

In the middle of a forest a perfect square surface 50x50 meter is enclosed with high stone wall. An ancient anonymous builder managed to achieve, with this gesture alone, almost a renaissance plan of a palace - symmetric, proportional, abstract and assembled from elementary geometric forms.

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Leonardelli House

Galižana, Istra, Croatia
by Emil Jurcan

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Byblos Town Hall

Byblos, Lebanon
by Hashim Sarkis

Hashim Sarkis was awarded the commission of the new Byblos Town Hall after an anonymous open competition. Byblos, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and a World Heritage Site, has been growing outside the historic city bounds to the point where most of the city’s..

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In Graz, Austria, the architect was faced with a challenging fact: placing a monument of international significance in the heart of the city cemetery, whose diversity of intimate memorials and their stories makes it difficult to accommodate a larger ambient with the solemn atmosphere of a..

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Castle Katzenstein in Begunje was used as a Gestapo prison during the time of Nazi occupation with members of the resistance being held and tortured there. Today, part of the castle houses a Museum of the Victims while in the park by the castle and in nearby Draga, two burial sites for 667..

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Šumarice Memorial Park

Kragujevac, Serbia
by Smiljan Klaić, ...

October memorial park in Kragujevac was designed in 1953 in memory of several thousand innocent inhabitants of Kragujevac, who were executed in a single day, 21st October 1941, by the Nazi occupying forces during World War 2. Among the victims, there were also three hundred pupils and their..

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In Podgora, a small Adriatic village south of Makarska, the first detachment of Yugoslav navy was established in September 1942. Its role in the liberation war (1941-1945) was commemorated twenty years later by a monument, which was unveiled by Yugoslav president Tito. The monument was designed..

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In the newly annexed territory of Slovenia, north of the river Sava, the Nazis were strenuously building an infrastructure network, which included the road tunnel through the Karawanks. For this purpose, they organised two labour concentration camps on either side of the mountain in 1943 using..

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Jože Plečnik understood architecture as "architectura perennis", as an activity which transcends the finiteness of human life and remains with the descendants. In monuments, he saw a memory of the past and it is no surprise that he built them throughout his life. After World War II, he also..

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Petra Winery

Suvereto, Italy
by Mario Botta

Mario Botta Petra chose to create a powerful symbol within the landscape rather than build a more conventional industrial complex. At Petra the world-class architect went beyond designing an impressive wine cellar, but also included the outlay of the vineyards in his aim to form a contemporary..

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The house was built on land that was formerly farmland, with a good view over the Atlantic Ocean in a small town in northern Portugal, Moledo do Minho, belonging to the municipality of Caminha. To Souto de Moura, site characteristics are more important than the customer’s requirements, especially..

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