Documentary on controversial “blob” library premieres

A new documentary about thwarted plans to build a futuristic National Library building in Prague premieres in the city on Wednesday night. Entitled Oko nad Prahou (The Eye above Prague), the film records the victory of Jan Kaplický in the Czech Republic’s first international architecture tender with an ultra-modern design nicknamed the “Blob”, and the subsequent shelving of the plan following opposition from President Václav Klaus and others. The Czech-born Mr Kaplický, who was 71, died in January last year on the day his wife gave birth to their first child.

Author: Ian Willoughby