Library, in Goo

Future System’s winning design for the new National Library in Prague, to be built in Letna Park in Old Town. The Czechs already know what it’s like to have an out-of-place modern design dropped into the existing cityscape, and I don’t think the result garners much affection (although that example carries Communist baggage along with it as well). Fred and Ginger have made quite a success for themselves, but I think you can argue that Gehry’s addresses and embraces the surrounding architecture, rather than completely disassociating itself from it.

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