Future Systems wins Czech National Library Competition


London's blobby green Future Systems has won the international competition to design the National Library of the Czech Republic. The architects note that "as Google puts evey book on line, we still need places where you can smell ink on paper, explore bindings and share a space with other to whom books, words and ideas matter." They see the library as "an eco building in the park"- green features include:

-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. ::Archiweb.cz




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