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Third Runner Up: Shinei Motors in Japan

To allow customers to exit their cars without getting wet during downpours, Shinei Motors requested an over-hanging roof above the entrance to its new car dealership and repair shop. The building's designer, Teruaki Uchino, drew up a plan to model the new dealership like an Ancient Greek helmet. (Think Achilles's headgear in Troy.) Uchino created an over-hanging roof that curved away from a concave wall, mimicking the curves to a Greek helmet's plume. "Now, Achilles is a symbol of this town," Uchino says. (Continued)