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New book ranks Julie Wimmer among the famous Czech designers

30 Dec

Czech Designers: Jan Kaplický, Jiří Kroha, Eva Jiřičná, Julie Wimmer, Zdeněk Kovář, Bořek Šípek, Martin Ludvik

Product Details:
• Subject: Architecture / History / General
• Publisher: Books LLC (September 15, 2010)
• Reprinted: 2010, General Books, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1156341582
• ISBN-13: 978-1156341582

Excerpt:

Selfridges Building, the Bull Ring, Birmingham (2003) Jan Kaplický (pronounced , Czech: ) (18 April 1937 14 January 2009) was a world-renowned Czech architect who spent a significant part of his life in the United Kingdom. He was the leading architect behind the innovative design office, Future Systems. He was best known for the futuristic Selfridges Building in Birmingham, England, and the Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. In February 2007, he won the international architectural competition for the new building of the National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague, a project that was subsequently cancelled. Jan Kaplický, the only child of a sculptor and a botanical illustrator, was born on 18 April 1937 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and grew up in a suburb of Prague called Oechovka. Between 1956 and 1962 he studied at the College of Applied Arts and Architecture and Design (VSUP) in Prague, receiving a Diploma in Architecture.

He worked in private practice in Czechoslovakia between 1964 and 1968. In the wake of the Prague Spring, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, he escaped to London in September 1968 with fellow architect Jaroslav Vokoun carrying only US$100 and a few pairs of socks. In 1969 in London he met again Eva Jiiná whom he had known in Prague, who then became his girlfriend. In England, Kaplický first worked for Denys Lasdun and Partners (19691971), then obtained employment with the office of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers (19711973), with whom he developed the competition-winning design for the Centre Georges Pompidou (constructed 19711977) in Paris. When the practice relocated ...

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