The seventh Signal festival will again bring video mapping and light installations to the streets of Prague, every night from Thursday to Sunday. This year’s edition promises something special in the form of a piece by famous architect Eva Jiřičná, though it will also be overlapping with events linked to the funeral of singer Karel Gott. I discussed all that with Signal founder Martin Pošta, but first asked him about this year’s theme, which is revolution.
More than 40,000 people have visited an exhibition of work by London-based
Czech architect and designer Eva Jiřičná at the DOX Centre for
Contemporary Art in Prague in celebration of her 80th birthday.
The DOX exhibition, which closes on Monday, showcased no less than 700 projects of the architect, whose firm Eva Jiricna Architects is famous for its sleek boutiques and dramatic staircases.
Her iconic works include the interior design of the Lloyd’s of London headquarters, the home of fashion designer Joseph Ettedgui as many of his stores, and a convention centre in Zlín, Moravia, where she was born.
The National Library and the Ministry of Culture have signed a memorandum
under which the state has taken control of the rights to “the Blob”, a
futuristic design for a new library building by the late Jan Kaplický.
Under the agreement inked on Tuesday, the architect’s widow has given up
the copyright on the design. However this does not mean that the project
will necessarily now be realised.
The Prague-born, internationally renowned architect Kaplický won an international competition to design a new National Library building in 2007. However, the project ran into objections and the then arts minister said it was too expensive.
Czech-born architect Eva Jiřičná was presented with a lifetime
achievement medal at the London Design Festival on Monday.
Jiřičná, who has been based in London for 50 years, was honoured for a career portfolio that includes the interior design of the Lloyds of London building, the home of fashion designer Joseph Ettedgui, as well as many of his Joseph stores, and a convention centre in the Moravian city of Zlín.
An exhibition of works by late architect Jan Kaplický will be launched at Prague’s Dancing House Gallery on Tuesday. The exhibition, called JKOK, will present Kaplický’s iconic works and designs, such as the 2007 model for the National Library, also known as the Blob, as well as some previously unseen works. The exhibits come from his personal archive. The exhibition will run until March 12, 2017. The Czech –born London-based architect Kaplický died in 2009 at the age of 71. His most significant projects include the Selfridges Building in Birmingham and the media centre of Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
Eva Jiřičná is perhaps the best-known living Czech architect. Her London-based firm Eva Jiricna Architects is famous for its sleek boutiques and dramatic staircases, while in recent decades she has designed a number of acclaimed buildings in her native country. Based in the UK since the late 1960s, Jiřičná was born in the Moravian town of Zlín, where her dad was an architect with the Baťa shoe company. In the first half of a two-part interview, Eva Jiřičná, who is 77, recalls her early childhood in the Nazi Protectorate.
Wednesday is the last day of campaigning in the British referendum over whether to remain or quit the European Union, the so-called ‘Brexit’ option. The vote is being closely followed in the Czech Republic with emotions high among local backers of both the remain and leave camps. They perhaps agree on one thing: that the vote will be decisive for the future of Czechs as well.
An appeals court has upheld an earlier ruling ordering the Czech National Library to pay compensation to an architecture studio which argued that a design by the late Jan Kaplický should not have won a tender to build a new building for the institution. According to the court, the National Library will have to pay HŠH architecti 1.6 million crowns (the difference in financial rewards for third and second place finishers) for choosing Mr Kaplický’s design even though it did not meet the requirements of the competition in 2007. The latter’s futuristic design, nicknamed “the Blob”, divided public opinion and was never built. Overall, the sum to be paid out, with interest and legal fees, totals almost 3 million crowns.
A group of architects is seeking damages of around 3 million crowns over the controversial competition for a new national library in Prague. The competition was eventually won by world renowned architect Jan Kaplický with a design dubbed ‘the Octopus’. Rival studio HŠH still maintain that Kaplický’s bid should have been disallowed. Their right to complain has already been upheld by a Prague court.