This article is part of "Eastern Bloc Architecture: 50 Buildings that Defined an Era", a collaborative series by The Calvert Journal and ArchDaily highlighting iconic architecture that had shaped the Eastern world. Every week both publications will be releasing a listing rounding up five Eastern Bloc projects of certain typology. Read on for your weekly dose: Colossal Libraries. National Library of Kosovo / Andrija Mutnjaković Pristina, Kosovo1982 The National Library of Kosovo is as iconic as it is controversial. Designed by Croatian architect Andrija Mutnjaković in 1982, the library comprises large concrete blocks, each topped with 99 white domes of varying sizes. Wrapped in a metal latticed exterior, this architectural gem also contains a story of contesting national narratives. While some say that Mutnjaković channelled Byzantine and Islamic architectural forms for the library, more famously, the building drew ire from Serbian officials, who said that the white domes are reminiscent of the plisi, the national Albanian hat.
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