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Research Library in Hradec Kralove / Projektil Architekti

  • 01:00 - 3 June, 2009
Research Library in Hradec Kralove / Projektil Architekti
Research Library in Hradec Kralove / Projektil Architekti

Research Library in Hradec Kralove / Projektil Architekti Research Library in Hradec Kralove / Projektil Architekti Research Library in Hradec Kralove / Projektil Architekti Research Library in Hradec Kralove / Projektil Architekti +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hradecká 1250/2, 500 03 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
  • Architects

    Projektil architekti s.r.o., Roman Brychta, Adam Halíř, Ondřej Hofmeister, Petr Lešek
  • Collaborators

    Markéta Jurečková, Jan Kolář
  • Art Work

    Martina Novotná
  • Planning

    PRO KIC – sdružení ateliérů Projektil Architekti s.r.o. a / Deltaplán s.r.o.(ing. Miloš Kosek, ing. Petr Kniha)
  • Investor

    Studijní a vědecká knihovna v Hradci Králové, Ministerstvo kultury ČR
  • Graphic Design

    grafické studio Kultivar - Zuzana B.Horecká, Jana Honecová, Jean-Marie Delafontaine, grafické studio Pixl-e - Ondřej Doležal, Pavlína Doležalová, Filip Mont
  • Costs

    CZK 394,5 mil.
  • General Contactor

    VCES a.s.
  • Area

    2920.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The Research Library in the Czech Republic was designed by the Prague-based architectural studio Projektil architekti.

Opened in September 2008, the new library is the result of the winning proposal in an open architectural competition in 2002. It is situated on a river bank in the Eastern Bohemian town of Hradec Králové, near the secondary school building designed by famous Czech architect Josef Gočár (1880-1960).

The five-storey building represents a concrete construction with the final visual in the form of a monolithic concrete façade. The original shape of the building is the precast concrete letter "X".

The building is cut through in the parterre. One can walk through the building without entering the institution - library. The building creates an open public urban space, which complies with the ideas of architects (Projektil) about openness of public buildings, as far as architecture is concerned.

From the path, one can enter the library, the café (on the south side), and the exhibition hall (north side, by the river).

Entry library hall is situated in the center of the X-shaped building. There is the main vertical communication (open stairways, and elevator) illumination by a circle roof light. The distribution of visitors, librarians, and books takes place from the central vertical point to the four wings of the X building.

Public space is located in the two eastern wings and occupies three floors. There are bookshelves, study rooms, individual study rooms, and a service counter. In other wings there are offices, storage and on the fifth floor of office wings there is a conference hall.

The interior is also made from concrete. The colored floor plays an important role for the indoor atmosphere. Each floor has a different color. Architects invited artists and graphic designers for collaboration on the interior design. Inside, there are two big wall paintings and a new navigation and information system.

The structure is made from in situ cast concrete - both inside and outside. For heating we use the BKT system (radiant/ concealed heating/cooling inside the concrete construction). Interior finishes are made from exposed concrete, colored floors, colored doors, white or maple acoustic panels, wooden tables and chairs, and the bookshelves are made from galvanized sheet.

The concept of the building is the energy-saving building.

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Frank · June 27, 2010

It is a warehouse for books: no facade, no piece of art, with security guard in the black uniform right at the entrance, bad lighted working spaces for staff, no meeting place for visitors, separated entrances for café and gallery, no arrangement for cleaning the windows...
As a user I enjoy using the selfservice arrangement of periodicals and dislike daily light from the top in the reading room.

Dustin · November 10, 2009

looks a lot like the Mexico City airport.

viniruski · June 04, 2009


I'm thinking a grander atrium like Sharon's library in Berlin, or OMA's library in Seattle where there are numerous atria penetrating through the floors ties all the spaces together.

The axos shown here seem appropriate given the stretched 'x' cruciform, but they don't really show any hierarchy of spaces or elements as any architectural eye desires to see, and as a result looks like some legacy of Czech communism. The form has the potential for something really significant: an intersection? a meeting place? or even a means of emphasizing contrast or contradiction. I don't know. Too early in the morning.

Any thoughts?

Lucas Gray · June 04, 2009

There is an atrium right in the middle with nice spiraling stair cases. Not sure what the question is, viniruski. I do agree that a site plan with some context would give a better understanding to its form.

I love the facade and the interior spaces seem open, well lit and comfortable. Elegant materials and nice detailing.

viniruski · June 04, 2009

Massing and form loses conviction of a potentially strong central space where various elements converge. Perhaps an atrium space smack in the middle? Or have configure circulation to establish view lines from one end of the floor to another? Plans look really fragmented without any tying elements. But it's nice to see a concrete facade with subtle nuances on each face.

CMO ARCH · June 04, 2009

Wouldn't mind a site plan, otherwise I think this is great! Facade work looks very nice and simple. But the site plan might help me make sense of the overall shape.


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