Building: The Eggs Are Coming

Perched high on a hill over Switzerland's Lake Geneva is one of the world's strangest-looking abodes, a concrete egg with a huge bay window that often reminds visitors of a flying saucer, a giant clam or a monstrous white mushroom.

There are more houses like it in Pougny, on the French side of the French-Swiss border; near Grenoble there is a similarly constructed new restaurant, and soon there will be a hotel, a psychiatric clinic and a church, all in France, plus a gas station in Belgium and a resort hotel on Minorca—every...

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