governor of the Moravian-Silesian region, Ivo Vondrák,
adding that the outside of the building should keep the
same appearance that Kuba & Pilař designed twelve
years ago. “However, there will be significant changes
to the interior. The design needs to be reworked to
meet the current requirements of an educational
institution of this importance in the digital age,”
New Smart Library
Vice Governor for Culture Lukáš Curylo believes that
the Moravian-Silesian Scientific Library has a great
potential to grow but needs a better location and space.
“Our vision is to build a new smart library and endow
it with life. The Moravian-Silesian Library in Ostrava will
become a modern information, communication, and
technological hub. The library will offer both off-line and
on-line media and be a node in knowledge networks,
and serve as a social point for meetings and communication as well,” he said.
Vice governor pointed out that despite its current
improvised conditions, the library already creates new
educational programmes and teaches information and
digital literacy. Librarians also act as information coaches.
“The library’s options and services to citizens will
develop and expand on the new premises,” Curylo added.
The construction is to begin in 2020. “It will take a while
for the architects to update their project. The original
project documentation of the ‘Black Cube’ does not
meet the requirements for a building permit to be
issued, so we need to add some time to arrange for all
compulsory particulars,” Curylo concluded.
Director of the Moravian-Silesian Scientific Library
Libuše Foberová is confident that after sixty-seven years
at the New Townhall in Ostrava, readers will appreciate the comfortable environment where everything —
1.2 million volumes — is available and handy.
We asked designers about the present status of the
project; architect Ladislav Kuba answered our questions
on behalf of Kuba & Pilař Architects Ltd.
The original project dates back to 2006. How difficult
is it to remake and update it to comply with current
It is difficult, of course; we have to redesign all the technologies inside the building and because of new EU
standards we also have to recalculate the static analysis
of the construction.
After you come to an agreement concerning necessary
changes, will your priorities include adapting the
project according to the present legislation, or
is it a larger task in light of feasibility and other
demands of the contracting authorities?
Legislation has changed a lot, that is why we need to
actually remake the entire project of the MoravianSilesian Scientific Library in all aspects. Contracting
authorities have changed the required form and capacity
of the car park because we cannot rely on the Integrated
Car Park Block which was expected to house cars of
visitors to the library, the Cultural Centre of Ostrava and
neighbouring office blocks. The construction plans of the
library have been updated so as to fit the overall
parameters of the construction, yet we have to work out
changes in layout.
The Moravian-Silesian Region is open to novelties,
boasting of the title “Smart Region”. Will we find
some gadgets that will illustrate this trend?
Yes, you will. Investors demand that the project respond
to technological developments and make use of available systems of smart management and administration
of the building. Even though cutting–edge management
instruments were incorporated in the original design,
there have been so many developments in recent years
that we want to embody them in the update of our
Akad. arch. Ladislav Kuba
Kuba & Pilař architekti s.r.o.