The winning design of the National Library in Prague amazes

Source: National Library in Prague The extraordinary design of the new building of National Library in Prague, that comes from Jan Kaplicky and his studio Future Systems, is considered to be one of the most original designs nowadays. Prague may join other metropolises that are decorated with modern designs of famous architects.

Some people compare the design to a purple octopus. The new building will have 9 floors, but the biggest part, the storage space, will be under the ground. It will able to contain more than 10 million books. The construction of the new building will start in 2009, the estimated costs are 2 billion Czech crowns.

The studio of Jan Kaplicky will get 160,000 euros for the winning design. Jan Kaplicky said that he wants to develop a special floor decking so that no steps could be heard. Click here if you are interested to see more pictures of the winning project.

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  1. Ann Pearson said, Apr 9, 12:44 PM #

    My own visit to Prague in December several years ago is the nearest thing I’ve experienced to walking through a fairy tale – a truly wonderful experience which I relate to anyone in the UK looking for city break inspiration. So I’d desperately hoped the article I’d read in the UK’s Daily Telegraph on 31st March 2007 regarding the proposed library design would turn out to be an early April Fools joke. However, having just discovered it wasn’t I can hardly believe it. Such futuristic buildings have their place, e.g. Shanghai or Dubai etc. – but I can’t think of anywhere in the entire world less appropriate to position such a building as Prague. I wonder if the people of Prague are familiar with the phrase ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you’ – as I feel sure the lure of Prague to its thousands of tourists each year has everything to do with the unspoilt architechure of the past and absolutely nothing to do with futuristic building designs of the future. I’m finding it difficult to think of a more inappropriate planning decision of the last century, and that’s saying something!