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Czech National Library Prague : Architecture

Building Proposal, Czech Republic design by Jan Kaplicky of Future Systems Architects, UK

24 Feb 2009

National Library Prague

Date of design: 2007-

Design: Jan Kaplicky, Future Systems

The New National Library of the Czech Republic is situated within a large green site on the Letna plateau in Prague.

National Library Building Prague

New National Library Prague

The 40.000 sqm building is placed on a white unpolished marble platform, with mirror finished stainless steel wings lifted up the perimeter edges to reflect the building from different angles. The architecture of the proposed building is a three dimensional object shaped to minimize the volume and to extend the views over the surrounding tree level. Its unique form and curvature is a reference to baroque buildings in Prague.

Czech National Library Prague building, Future Systems sketch design

The skin is covered with champagne coloured anodised aluminium tiles fading from dark at the bottom to light at the top. Generous levels of natural light in all public spaces are provided by circular areas of glazing distributed over the external skin.

National Library Prague Prague building design by Future Systems

Special features inside the building include the top level viewing platform and café with spectacular vistas over Prague, comfortable and colourful reading rooms, the first level ‘street’ which continues the public realm through ramps and stairs from the street and park inside the building, and the educational viewing well to the automated book storage. The estimated volume of 10 million books stored underground are distributed by an Automated Storage and Retrieval System and reach the reader in less than 5 minutes.

At the day of its completion in 2011, the New National Library of the Czech Republic will be one of the most modern Libraries in the world.

Czech National Library interior Czech building design by Jan Kaplicky National Library Prague image Prague Building by Jan Kaplicky

New National Library of the Czech Republic – Building Information

Client: The Czech National Library
Architect: Future Systems
Structural Engineers: Ove Arup
Quantity Surveyors: Savant International
Artist: Vaclav Cigler

Czech National Library images / information from Architect Future Systems

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The only building implemented in Prague by Jan Kaplicky is a small family house.

Location: Letna, Prague, Czech Republic, central eastern Europe

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