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Check Out a University's New All-Concrete Sailing Center

Perched directly on Lake Michigan, Northwestern University's newest facility is sheathed in concrete but detailed with the school's signature shade of purple. Its designers—Woodhouse Tinucci Architects—describe the facility as "garage-like," and if it weren't for those violet plastic doors, we could easily see this building next to a minimalist mansion. The sailing center is low to the ground to preserve lakeside views seen from the adjacent campus. Don't get too envious though: these photos make the lakefront look like Maui. Those who have experienced the Chicago winter know otherwise.

Northwestern Sailing Center by Woodhouse Tinucci Architects [Designmilk]