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With the large protruding roof reminiscent of a tree’s crown, it’s easy to see the inspiration behind the Coeda House. Designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, the building steals its form from a large, shade-offering tree. That unique design was not chosen just for aesthetics, though we’d argue those are equally impressive, but rather to remain structurally stable during an earthquake. Situated in Shizuoka, Japan, the Coeda House serves as a cafe and offers those having a quick sip stunning views from any seat. That’s because the design allowed for the elimination of any view-blocking columns. If you’re ever in the area, we can think of far worse places for a caffeine infusion.

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[Shop]  We might not all agree on watches, wallets or other pieces of the everyday carry, but the one thing we can all agree on is our mutual love of building things out of small bricks. Forget plastic building bricks that can only be used with specific mats and upgrade your conference call and boring meeting building with this 1:12 scale mini cinder block pallet set. With 24 miniature cinder blocks and one pallet per set, this has everything you need to build a great foundation for the big box creation of your dreams. Whether you’re making a small creation of your own devising with the 24 pieces that come with it, or adding multiples to build something more grandiose, this is the best way to build when you’re not using plastic.