I posted a pic of this as wallpaper on our ref desk terminal last year. It is pretty far out, and it embodies part of the Prague spirit. Reminds me a lot of the black-light marionette theatre production of “Yellow Submarine” I attended there once.
Any library must first be functional. It’s too early to tell from these photos whether this one will be.
Now, cities think their library (or other public institution) building needs to stand out to generate interest. Like it or not, the Seattle Public Library did just that and is a destination landmark for people visiting the city.
It might not be your cup of tea, but “decline of Western civ.” is a little harsh – the most beautiful cities in the world are created from the juxtaposition of architectural styles that may look similar to us now but at the time were met with indignation and cries of “abomination” …
Decline of Western civilization? Come on!
(One qustion: is Czech Republic still considered Eastern or already Western civ?)
I like that building for its unusual sight. Where would our civil. be if we would only always build the same old stuff? And I know enough libraries that are build in the common (that means for me: postwar European ugliness) style that are very unfunctional for the staff.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – best laugh I’ve had all day. Having said that, I wouldn’t really call it ugly,just unusual… i wonder how functional it will be. The National Library – hmm has anyone checked for pods in Prague?
i’m a 13 year old girl and not a librarian but i say, keep building Prague!
that is an awsome design and i love it. you adults can contradict me all you want but i think who ever designed should put one were i am.
This is the most intresting Library design I’ve ever seen! I’m in grade twelve and I’m designing a library for my drafting class. Thus, I’ve been looking at a lot of designs, but this is the only one that looks like it wasn’t just designed for books, but for people as well. It doesn’t take drugs to think this up, just an imagination.
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