A Castle It Isn’t: Prague’s New Czech Library

A Castle It Isn’t: Prague’s New Czech Library
Christine Huang
  • 8 january 2008

Prague’s historic quarter will soon be welcoming the purple and yellow blob you see here, a 48 meter tall building project set to house the new Czech National Library. The jellyfish-like structure designed by Jan Kaplicky already has some riled up – including the Mayor of Prague as well as the President of the Republic, according to The Guardian. Kaplicky’s design was chosen from 350 entries to an international design competition for the library. It includes reading rooms and public spaces above ground, with the library’s 10 million books situated underground, retrieved via an automated system.

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