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Old March 3rd, 2007, 04:11 PM   #21
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Absolutely hideous. That color, that shape... And here I thought Czechs knew how to appreciate good architecture.
Czechs?
This is the Jury:
Zaha Hadid - Iraqi living in UK
Eva Jiřičná - Czech living in UK
Irene Wiese-von Ofen - German
José Grinberg - Mexican
Petr F. Bílek - Czech
Vlastimil Ježek - Czech
Bohdana Stoklasová - Czech
Tony McLaughlin - Briton
John Eisler - Czech living in New York
Jan Kněžínek - Czech
It's rather international as you can see. Most Czechs in Jury are deputies of National Library.

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Old March 3rd, 2007, 04:38 PM   #22
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More renderings

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Old March 3rd, 2007, 05:00 PM   #23
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It's a nice fungus!
You need to review your phylogeny. It's a psychedelic amoeba.
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 09:23 PM   #24
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It looks like God was making a sandwich...and accidentally dropped a slice of cheese.
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 10:39 PM   #25
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It might just be the contrarian in me, but I like it. It doesn't look like a building at all, moreso because of the context, but it's certainly memorable.
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 11:08 PM   #26
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what the hell is that piece of shit?



why don't they just building something more traditional? hell, even build a commie block.
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 11:46 PM   #27
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it is very controversial. in fact, i'm not sure if i like it, but it is really experimental, innovative. and experiments are important in architecture - they help reaching new functional standards, new materials, new trends.

the new MOMA building in Warsaw (if the Kerez project will be built) will surely fit better in the city structure - but will it cause emotions, will it bring tourists, will it be a sign of the times in which it was built???
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Old March 4th, 2007, 05:09 PM   #28
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Ok, now I got it. It's a SCAM. It's a fake project devised to make news. All the spotlights will be on its ugliness, and then the Prague administration will come out with the real project. Smart, huh?
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Old March 4th, 2007, 05:50 PM   #29
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Well, I have to undeceive you then, it's not a fake, it is winning project of International Architectural Competition
http://www.nkp.cz/competition_library/ENpodminky.htm

there were 355 projects sent from the whole world, most from Europe, 71 from USA, 10 from Canada, 11 from South America, 3 from Africa, 17 from Japan, 1 from Australia, 1 from New Zealand...

here are the jury members

Ms. Zaha Hadid
Architect
Great Britain

Mr. Dominic Perrault
Architect
UIA representative
France

Ms. Irene Wiese-von Ofen
Architect
UNESCO representative
Germany

Ms. Eva Jiřičná
Architect
Great Britain

Mr. José Grinberg
Architect
Mexico

Mr. Petr Bílek
Architect
Czech Republic

Mr. Pavel Bém
Lord-Mayor of the Capital of Prague
Czech Republic

Mr. Vlastimil Ježek
Director-General of the National Library of the Czech Republic
Czech Republic

Deputy jury members

Mr. John Eisler
Architect
Czech Republic / until 2005 in the USA

Mr. Tony McLaughlin
Environmental Engineer
Great Britain

Mr. Jan Kněžínek
Director of Heritage Department
Municipality of the Capital of Prague
Czech Republic

Ms. Bohdana Stoklasová
Director of Library Collections and Services
The National Library of the Czech Republic
Czech Republic

As you can see, the final decision didn't depend on Prague Administration...

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Old March 4th, 2007, 07:47 PM   #30
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I usually like organic designs, but not this one. the way the top slopes, the window looks like a toenail on your big toe.. in fact out of all the designs listed, the winning one is the submission I like the least.. there's a few really beautiful ones there.

Who knows, I need to see some more of it in relation to other buildings etc.

EDIT: Actually, I think I like it... it's different and daring.. and growing on me..
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Old March 4th, 2007, 08:24 PM   #31
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I kind of like this green blob, but it does grow on you. Am I correct in understanding that the site does not appear to be in the historic district? At least functionally the stacks are protected in a basement and the reading areas are up high in nice spaces with great views - more than can be said for some recent national library designs.
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Old March 4th, 2007, 08:44 PM   #32
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EDIT: Actually, I think I like it... it's different and daring.. and growing on me..
If something resembling that thing is growing on you, you should see a doctor at once!
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Old March 4th, 2007, 09:26 PM   #33
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Am I correct in understanding that the site does not appear to be in the historic district?
Yes, it's definitely not in the historic centre. However the Prague Castle is not that far, about 1 km. The site is in huge park and top of the building will be visible from towers in Old Town, e.g. photo below is taken from Old Town city hall, the library is visible on horizon on the right.
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Old March 4th, 2007, 09:53 PM   #34
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I mean!!!

I'ts the Flubber house!!!!


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Old March 4th, 2007, 10:05 PM   #35
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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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Old March 4th, 2007, 10:06 PM   #36
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hmm. interesting.. the winning entry is worse than any other of those proposals!
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Old March 4th, 2007, 10:35 PM   #37
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A joke!!

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Old March 4th, 2007, 10:48 PM   #38
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I see you really like it guys
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Old March 5th, 2007, 12:43 AM   #39
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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.
In other words, it's like a car wreck.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 01:00 AM   #40
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it's like a car wreck.
Car wreck? Where do you see it? I think the building is overall funny and have some "logic", it's not abstract "art for art's sake" as e.g. this building



Moreover it's quite symbiotic with it's neigbourhood and restaurant "The Eye" on the top with great view of Old Town is interesting idea which I don't see in other projects.
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