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National Technical Library
Although Prague is known for its myriad styles of architecture, the city still has some catching up to do when it comes to contemporary examples. Located on the campus of the Czech Technical University in Prague’s sixth district, the award-winning National Technical Library is an exception. The rounded semi-transparent building was designed by local studio, Projektil Architects. Look for the buildings measurements written on the outer façade. The ground floor, designed to be its own city square is open to everyone and includes a café, bookstore, and space to relax. It is also used for exhibitions. But head through the turnstiles (grab a ticket from the machine) to go inside. The highlight is the library’s open atrium that offers a tiered view of the five floors. Done in concrete, the walls are adorned with comic book-like illustrations by Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi. The bright floors are in a swirling rainbow colored pattern of bright reds, yellows, oranges, blues and greens.
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