Whenever I travel, I love to visit a local modern library, because most of them are, from an architectural point of view, simply something like gems. The Czech national technical library is a precise example of my theory. Národní technická knihovna is the largest library of technical literature in the Czech Republic with a capacity of over 1.5 million books. The interior is dominated by a large beautiful atrium from where you can see all six levels. Concrete walls in the atrium are decorated with over two hundred drawings by the avant-garde artist and writer, originally from Romania – Dan Perjovschi. The whole building was designed by the Czech architectural studio “Projektil”.
I absolutely admire this building, and if you’re as interested in architecture as I am, this library is a must see, because it is truly a visual experience. Of course it’s also a really great place to study, no doubt about it. NTK is situated in the center of large university campuses. Here you can meet a lot of young students in one place.
Within the library is also a small gallery where from time to time interesting exhibitions focused on linking contemporary art, science and technology or presentations of projects by students of architecture are shown. (The college of architecture – ČVUT is nearby). Like everywhere else there’s also a small cafe. So a lot of stuff is going on here, and that’s a reason to do some research, don’t you think? (During exams it is crowded with students!)