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Old March 5th, 2007, 01:21 AM   #41
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The Sydney Opera House aroused similar strong emotions.

A few comments from me:
  1. Both designs (The Opera House and your Library) place form before function.
  2. Both shapes are interesting but I'd prefer the Opera House ... anyday.
  3. Libraries are meant to protect books? Presumably some of Kepler's manuscripts are here?
  4. A building like this will certainly leave it's mark on history.

    I understand it would look out of place in the middle of Prague, but, if you're going to sacrifice function for form, why put it out in the suburbs? This is a building to be looked at ...
    anyway, it's better than the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

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Old March 5th, 2007, 01:54 AM   #42
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It seems like the Central Europe has some kind of serious architectural issue. Look at Warsaw's MOMA. Now this, IMHO, almost the worst project was chosen.Or the model just looks weird Still there is hope for rebellious Warsaw, but Prague seems to like its own art ...
There is no comparison. In Warsaw the project chosen is a piece of world-class architecture; in Prague the project chosen is a piece of infantile garbage
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Old March 5th, 2007, 03:18 AM   #43
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Have you even seen the museum of modern art project in Warsaw from Christian Kerez, Architekt ETH/ SIA Szwitzerland?

I agree with you, in my opinion there is definatelly no comparison. But, no need for calling any project names on my part. World Class architects chose the Prague project to be the winner, from World of submissions of World Class architects. Hmm... What does that say about the project?

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Old March 5th, 2007, 03:18 AM   #44
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With its colors, and happy facade it will fit in Prague perfectly.
Yes, like a banana in the Statue of Liberty's right hand.
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Old March 5th, 2007, 04:51 AM   #45
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no need for calling any project names on my part
sorry
That last rendering of the Prague frivolity (uh-oh, here I go again), which I haven't seen before, looks a little better than the previous ones, but still...
Interesting reflection on what is considered appropriate for Warsaw, and what for Prague. The cold, restrained, dour funcionality of the Muzeum contrasts quite sharply with the giggly, goofy trifle of a Library.
What does that say about that weird little neighbourhood on the fringes of the known world?
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Old March 5th, 2007, 02:08 PM   #46
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What's on the site now?
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Old March 5th, 2007, 04:16 PM   #47
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What's on the site now?
there's only a coach parking space and a tram's terminal stop..
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Old March 5th, 2007, 05:37 PM   #48
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Lol, looks like a slice of melted swiss cheese.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 12:36 AM   #49
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Prague is a great city but this building is just wrong.

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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
But the Walt Disney Concert Hall at least looks good.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 01:21 AM   #50
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Prague is a great city but this building is just wrong.
Don't thing so, see my arguments above. From other projects I saw this one is by far the best.

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But the Walt Disney Concert Hall at least looks good.
Really? From what angle? It's typical deconstructivistic building: no logic, just perplexity and so called "pure art". For me lack of invention, it's passé.

This is the beauty:
Future System - Selfridges, Birmingham

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Old March 6th, 2007, 01:25 AM   #51
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Are you saying that THING (the library) is gonna be the best building in Prague?
(I know... you're saying it's the best project for the library... I personally like project #3 the most, though all of them are rather boring)

Whatever... I guess it's a matter of taste.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #52
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Old March 6th, 2007, 01:35 AM   #53
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Are you saying that THING (the library) is gonna be the best building in Prague?
(I know... you're saying it's the best project for the library)

Whatever... I guess it's a matter of taste.
Best building? Well, there's no such thing and that's not a goal of this project.
Goal is to enrich Prague architecture and bring something new, that will reflect current age, not just copy old things.
So it have to be innovative and fit into it's neighbourhood at the same time. This project fulfill these requests very well.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 02:33 AM   #54
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What a hideous building!!! I think it has tried to be original but has thrown aesthetic out the window. Building number 3 is by far the nicest option, a little safe, but beautiful, which is something I can't say about this one.

Are they keeping that colour scheme??? I hope not because it is vile. Maybe white would make it look bearable.It is WAY too in your face right now.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 02:51 AM   #55
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What a hideous building!!! I think it has tried to be original but has thrown aesthetic out the window. Building number 3 is by far the nicest option, a little safe, but beautiful, which is something I can't say about this one.

Are they keeping that colour scheme??? I hope not because it is vile. Maybe white would make it look bearable.It is WAY too in your face right now.
White? No, I like it as it is. Green go together with greenery around, white would look strange, deathly. Green is pleasant, friendly, happy, vivid color!

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Number 3??? It's so sterile and idle! It lacks for a point.

I like winning project more and more I must say.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 03:13 AM   #56
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Each to their own i guess. I think it looks tacky, kitsch and will age very badly. Too gimmicky for my liking. I would not want this in my city, that is for sure.

I think a white exterior and red interior would look better, not the extraterrestial colours on offer here. I think the design would not look so strange if more appropriate colours were to be chosen.

The third option is more classy, would age better and fits its surrounds much more adequately than this.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 09:07 AM   #57
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Without wishing to be too unkind, I made sure to check out the internet for references to this before posting, just in case the whole thing was a joke.

Reminds me a bit of the Einstein Tower - which is white, and looks a lot better.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 12:07 AM   #58
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Oh, most of you are so retrograde. This library is going to be breakthrough that will open your eyes hopefully.
Dancing House was only postmodern nonsense of Gehry and Milunič, this Library is truly progressive piece of architecture,
something that Prague is waiting for. Enough of those boxy, glassy inert rubbish. We want real architecture,
real beauty, real joy, real humour, real life!
Let's go for it!

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Old March 7th, 2007, 02:00 AM   #59
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He must have been on mushrooms while designing it.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 02:51 AM   #60
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May be. And his psychedelic frame of mind brought about this architecture of genious. Sometimes that happen.
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