Franz Kafka Bookstore

Location: Praha 1 - Josefov
Construction period: 2006 - 07
Author: Marcela Steinbachova
Graphic design: Stepan Cervinka

The bookstore is accessible from Široká Street through a new entrance and shop window. Two narrow long rooms are filled with books up to the ceiling (the seat of the bookstore and the full-time library of the FK Company). The upper part is accessible by steel galleries and steep stairs. There are study places among the books. Everything is in the intimate but unsentimental atmosphere of the black bookshelves and cast terrazzo, which is complemented by an ornament from the original tiles. The floor is reminiscent of the original cast iron staircase. The toilets are designed in black with glowing white fixtures.

Photographs: Andrea Lhotakova