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Future Systems has won an international competition to design the £46 million National Library in the Czech Republic's capital, Prague.

The scheme will give the practice's Czech-born co-founder, Jan Kaplicky, the chance to build his first major project in his native country. The winning design, which 'will not automatically' be built, beat 740 other entries and was allegedly inspired by 'sea creatures'. Fellow Brits Carmody Groarke - the up-and-coming duo formerly with David Chipperfield Architects - came second in a contest judged by a panel including Eva Jiricna, Zaha Hadid and Dominique Perrault.

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