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Old March 2nd, 2007, 09:39 PM   #1
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[Prague] National Library of Czech Republic

The National Library of the Czech Republic will be built on the edge of Letna Plain according to Future Systems Atelier (England) of the Czech born architekt Jan Kaplicky. His project won in the competition of 400 other designs. The building will be 9 stories tall and has a shape of a widened piramid with rounded edges. Storage for 10 million books will be underground. The color changes just like that of a champaign said the architekt, from yellow green at the bottom to almost white at the top. The large eye at the top is looking at the City of Prague, on one side on Prague Castle on the other on Old Town square. The building will cost approximatelly 2 billion crowns to built (100 mil dollars).










Competition Results

1. místo 160.000 € Future Systems Velká Británie




2. místo 120.000 € Carmody Groarke Velká Británie




3. místo 70.000 € HŠH architekti Česká republika




4. místo 35.000 € EMERGENT Tom Wiscombe USA




5. místo 30.000 € John Reed Architecture USA



6. - 8. místo 8.333 € Holzer Kober Architekturen Švýcarsko



6. - 8. místo 8.333 € DR_D Německo



6. - 8. místo 8.333 € MVMarchitekt + Starkearchitektur Německo

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Old March 2nd, 2007, 09:55 PM   #2
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Very interesting project from Jan Kaplický. But the finest project is number 3 for me. Though, where are windows in this project?
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 10:16 PM   #3
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N1 is tooo crazy
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 10:37 PM   #4
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Why these jurors look at the model only from birds view? View from the street is much more important.
It looks strange but it reminds me a circus tent which suits quite well to Letná. So we will see...
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 04:46 PM   #5
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Sorry Guys, but I don't like it...
It looks like some green jelly monster from outer space like the ones you can see in Z category action movies from 70s or 80s...
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 04:51 PM   #6
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It looks awful for me! For me the best no 3 and 5.
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 04:52 PM   #7
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I wouldn't write it off yet, more renderings:

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Old March 3rd, 2007, 05:34 PM   #8
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Horrible thing, but timeless
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 09:21 PM   #9
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interesting design, reminds me of this kind of octopus

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Old March 4th, 2007, 12:52 AM   #10
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It reminds me of a pile of vomit...I'm sorry...
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Old March 4th, 2007, 10:29 PM   #11
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I think its amazing structure. Beautiful. Original. Colorful. Its an art work.

With its colors, and happy facade it will fit in Prague perfectly. I also think its state of the art storage system is great too. All will be automated, and your chosen book will arrive to the level you are standing in 3 mins. And because the books are stored underground the building capacity is 1600 people.

The building will be compared to Dancing building with its revolutionary shape when it gets built. Everyone coming to Prague will want to see it! There is nothing like it on earth! Great choice. I love it.

Just imagine if you were walking in Prague in the Letna Park and you saw it standing in front of you. You would be curious as to what it is, you would study its shape, you would want to enter it and see what the building is about. No other building in the group of finalists would evoke same feeling.

I also liked the fourth design, but thats about it. The others are copies of what has been either built or are not original at all.

Thats my opinion.

And by the way, historically only truely unique and memorable buildings, have evoked this much of discussion and debate.
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I agree, from the other projects at top ten this one is the best. But I'm still not sure how it will look after completion in that place, especially surrounding buildings are quite different (boxy). View from the park is OK since it match with greenery and threes well and not far from there is one of places where temporary circuses tents are usually build in Prague.
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Old March 4th, 2007, 11:45 PM   #13
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Brilliant !!!
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Old March 5th, 2007, 07:26 AM   #14
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But I'm still not sure how it will look after completion in that place, especially surrounding buildings are quite different (boxy). View from the park is OK since it match with greenery and threes well and not far from there is one of places where temporary circuses tents are usually build in Prague.
I agree, I am not sure if a 9 story structure in the place where it is planned will fit well with the rest of the surroundings, since most of the views we get are aerial views. I personally think it will look better at the end then what we see on the pictures. What we see now is too cartoonish. The architect said that the facade will be composed of small tiles, like scales on a fish. That I am sure will add sophistication, but right now we see just one color.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 12:24 PM   #15
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I like futuristic designs, but that's quite horrible.

Nice futuristic renders are in this thread.
Ironically, old minimalistic one won that one.
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Old March 16th, 2007, 12:57 AM   #16
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Weird

Well, to be honest, its just ugly. Try imagine the same building in the middle of London. Or try imagine Coloseum in the middle of New York. Newer saw befor worse idea then this is. The guy who came with this idea must be crazy
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Old March 16th, 2007, 01:01 AM   #17
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uhm.. :P

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I think its amazing structure. Beautiful. Original. Colorful. Its an art work.

With its colors, and happy facade it will fit in Prague perfectly. I also think its state of the art storage system is great too. All will be automated, and your chosen book will arrive to the level you are standing in 3 mins. And because the books are stored underground the building capacity is 1600 people.

The building will be compared to Dancing building with its revolutionary shape when it gets built. Everyone coming to Prague will want to see it! There is nothing like it on earth! Great choice. I love it.

Just imagine if you were walking in Prague in the Letna Park and you saw it standing in front of you. You would be curious as to what it is, you would study its shape, you would want to enter it and see what the building is about. No other building in the group of finalists would evoke same feeling.

I also liked the fourth design, but thats about it. The others are copies of what has been either built or are not original at all.

Thats my opinion.

And by the way, historically only truely unique and memorable buildings, have evoked this much of discussion and debate.

Topics like this just mean you never saw Prague on your own eyes :P
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Old March 20th, 2007, 09:04 PM   #18
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when

i am looking forward seeing that building
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Old March 20th, 2007, 10:13 PM   #19
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Well, to be honest, its just ugly. Try imagine the same building in the middle of London. Or try imagine Coloseum in the middle of New York. Newer saw befor worse idea then this is. The guy who came with this idea must be crazy
I think give a chance to that project...is very advance and many people will come just to see that building in Prague...can be another " Eiffel tower "
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I like it!! Definitely best of the top 10 projects for me. Yeah the model looks cartoonish but I believe once it gets completed it will look much better and become another must see tourist spot.
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