NATIONAL TECHNICAL LIBRARY, PRAGUE

Customer
Státní technická knihovna + SEKYRA Group, a.s.
Architect
PROJEKTIL ARCHITEKTI s.r.o.
Main building designer
OBERMEYER HELIKA a.s.
Construction Period
2006 - 2008
Project realisation
2004 - 2006
Activities undertaken
research and surveys, preliminary project preparation, construction design, environmental impact study, planning permit documentation , building permit documentation , tender documentation, construction documentation, engineering services, author supervision
Construction expenses
CZK 1,5 billion

CONSTRUCTION DATA:
Built-up volume: 172 258 m3
Built-up area (typical floor level): 4 964 m2
TYPICAL UNITS:
Total number of volumes (free access): 850 000 (free access)/1 000 000 (in store)
Number of seats in study areas: 1 200 (study areas)/ 210 (lecture rooms)
166 seats in café, 291 car parking places
Year-round operation, 7 days a week, 12 hours a day
Title Best Concrete Construction 2009 (CZE) Special Jury Award – Best of Realty 2009 (CZE)

The new building housing the important Czech cultural and technical institution – the National Technical Library – is one of the Obermeyer Helika’s most exceptional construction projects. The architectural and structural design is quite unique. At the time of the completion it is one of the few construction projects in the Czech Republic to incorporate such a large number of technical and technological innovations. The unparalleled structural design of the long-span load-bearing skeleton with 15 x 15 m bays, the atypic construction of external envelope using non-standard glass components, the exceptional concept of fire prevention system, the use of concrete as interior surface finish and the general concept of air-conditioning of the building incorporating the concept of active concrete core for the first time in the Czech Republic, together with other technical innovations, make the library building really an exceptional structure of this type.

The new building complements the complex of buildings on the Technical University and Institute of Chemical Technology campus. After its opening for the use by students and the professional public the National Technical Library will become an example of the new modern library in the Czech Republic incorporating the highest user-focused standards and a model to all other library buildings in the country.

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