weirdest library design EVAR

Look at and read about the design for Prague’s new national library. I can only say OMG. Or, as Joe Alterio aptly titles his post about it “A slime draws near. Command?” [thanks josh!]

25 Responses to “weirdest library design EVAR”

  1. Jen Cotton Says:

    A library for Teletubbies? http://pbskids.org/teletubbies/teletubbyland.html

  2. Jamie Anderson Says:

    Teletubbies was my first thought as well.

  3. K.G. Schneider Says:

    It evokes reading… um, 1950s science fiction, anyway ;-) (Joe Alterio wins “best post title” pretty handily)

  4. david lee king Says:

    wow – I’m SO not original. I looked at the pics, immediately thought “oh my – they designed a huge teletubby” and booked it over here, only to see others thought the same thing.

    Tubby Custard, anyone?

    Oh and ps – your blog design ROCKS.

  5. Jonathan Says:

    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.

  6. Nathan Says:

    Ummm… yeah, that will look really good in Prague, in my opinion, the most beautiful city in Europe. What are they thinking?

    I don’t know, but I’ll say this: decline of Western civ.

  7. sharon Says:

    Geez, and I thought the Seattle Public Library was ugly. I wouldn’t expect to find a neo-classical Carnegie-style library in Prague, but this is an abomination.

  8. James Says:

    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.

  9. steev Says:

    i love it; it’s like a giant, melting smurf hat! i’m warming up my passport and brushing up on my czech right now!

  10. Jason Says:

    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” …

  11. Heather Says:

    Looks like a giant sneeze! Wow! Just one more reason to say no to drugs! That has got to be one of the ugliest building plans EVER!

  12. Amy Says:

    Wow! I’d never thought about doing research/reading a book inside Kang and/or Kodos before! Interesting!

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  14. sharon Says:

    “Like it or not, the Seattle Public Library did just that (generate interest) and is a destination landmark for people visiting the city.”

    Maybe so, but from what I’ve heard and read about it so far, it’s not functional for the people who actually have to use it. Form and function go together and can’t be separated.

  15. Eilan Says:

    Decline of Western civilization? Come on!
    (One qustion: is Czech Republic still considered Eastern or already Western civ?)

    But anyway:
    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.

  16. Kevin Moore Says:

    My first thought was of those alien creatures from the 1953 film adaptation of “War of the Worlds”: http://www.war-ofthe-worlds.co.uk/gall_f14.htm.

  17. Liz Says:

    Dragon Warrior references!?!?! I’m in geek heaven!

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  19. Eris Weaver (AKA the Bellydancing Librarian) Says:

    Sweet jeezus, George Jetson meets a mutated Smurf meets the caterpillar-sitting-on-a-mushroom from Alice in Wonderland…WTF were they THINKING?!? And what DRUGS were they on?!?

  20. melissa Says:

    Have you seen the Minsk Library yet?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sqqmj1kvVI

    Death Star, Las Vegas style…

  21. vickie Says:

    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?
    Vickie

  22. Amanda Says:

    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.

  23. Brian Says:

    This building looks like the architect was stoned and thinking of shrumbs. Who knows?

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  25. Courtney Says:

    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.