Jan Kaplicky, Czech architect, dies at 71
Jan Kaplicky, the Czech-born architect who founded the firm Future Systems in London nearly three decades ago, has died at age 71 after collapsing on a Prague sidewalk. His designs (including the Selfridge's department store in Birmingham, England, above) were eternally innovative and typically controversial -- none more so than his proposed National Library for Prague, which was savaged by critics and politicians alike. Up until his death he was battling to get the library built.
The Future Systems website, full of renderings of the Prague library design in all its Day-Glo glory, is here.
And images of some of Future Systems' completed projects are after the jump.
-- Christopher Hawthorne
Photo: Richard Davies.