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Akron Boys and Girls Club II, Akron, AL

Daniel Wicke/Courtesy of Auburn University Rural Studio

Akron Boys and Girls Club II, Akron, AL

Built by The Rural Studio, which famously teaches its architecture students to build structures made from scavenged materials for impoverished clients, this club features a big recreation area. Sheltered by a rolling wave of a roof, it’s supported by an ingenious early-1900s structural technique called lamella, with a high-tech-looking triangular frame fashioned from low-tech wood.

More Beauty: Also check out the student-built firehouse in downtown Newbern, AL, as well as the memorial to the school’s founder, Samuel Mockbee, behind the big red barn the school uses for its design studio.

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