NATIONAL LIBRARY / by drap drap

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Academic Competition Entry - Prague - 2006

The design for the new National Library of the Czech Republic is a symbolic building for Prague in a characteristic site of the city. The new library hasfferent figurative elements: both with individual functions. The 4-storey volume suspended over the ground forms the whole of the library in the north-western edge of the park. The second element contrasts the regularity of the vertical-shaped and colored dimmed screen who works as facade and also as structural element forming a bird-cage encasing the National Archives of the Czech Republic, storage rooms, reading rooms, restaurant and lecture halls  which are oriented in the direction of Letna Park and the Prague Castle.

The elevated element is located at traffic level so that the entrance hall serves as a direct connection to the urban environment. At the heart of the public library is the main reading room with a X wave-shaped roof. A diagonal passage bridge begins at the northwest corner, and spans the main reading room before extending towards the southeast corner of Letna Park.