The Controversy of The Czech National Library by Jan Kaplicky

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We’ve all seen the renderings and heard the story about how Jan Kaplicky wants to build this new library in Prague. The news’s been out for quite a while now yet the controversy continues. You can read the article written by The Guardian here. I understand the concern that ”averageness and banality [will] triumph again” if it doesn’t get built but I am not quite convinced by the bold design. I wouldn’t want to diss the whole idea of building something outstanding in Prague, but I hope they’re not doing this solely for the reason to have a crazy piece of architecture. The building won me over because of it’s eco features (by Treehugger, June3rd 07):

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-carefully controlled natural lighting sufficient for reading during 70% of the library’s open hours;
-natural cooling and warming of incoming air through a thermal labyrinth constructed in the basement walls around the massive underground book storage (room for ten million volumes down there)
-low velocity air supply through raised floors

I do not like the design but that’s just my opinion. I think It’d be more pleasing to the eye if they were to change the shield’s colors. But than…

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The Czech National Library / JBL Creature II 2.1 speaker system

I mean I’m just saying :D

(via: TreeHugger, Archiweb.cz)

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