25 comments for “weirdest library design EVAR

  1. Jen Cotton
    11Sep07 at 9:30
  2. Jamie Anderson
    11Sep07 at 10:13

    Teletubbies was my first thought as well.

  3. 12Sep07 at 4:33

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

  4. 12Sep07 at 7:33

    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. 12Sep07 at 8:21

    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
    12Sep07 at 8:26

    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. 12Sep07 at 8:52

    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
    12Sep07 at 10:52

    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
    12Sep07 at 10:59

    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
    12Sep07 at 11:28

    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
    12Sep07 at 11:50

    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
    12Sep07 at 4:00

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

  13. 12Sep07 at 10:14

    “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.

  14. Eilan
    13Sep07 at 7:31

    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.

  15. 13Sep07 at 12:25

    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.

  16. Liz
    13Sep07 at 12:42

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

  17. 20Sep07 at 7:54

    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?!?

  18. melissa
    21Sep07 at 11:18

    Have you seen the Minsk Library yet?


    Death Star, Las Vegas style…

  19. vickie
    26Sep07 at 12:17

    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?

  20. Amanda
    26Sep07 at 2:17

    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.

  21. Brian
    05Oct07 at 7:06

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

  22. Courtney
    07Nov07 at 10:04

    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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