Friday, 16 January 2009

Jan Kaplický

Jan Kaplický died on wednesday at the age of 71, only hours after his wife gave birth.

Jan Kaplický was a world-renowned Czech architect who spent a significant part of his life in the United Kingdom. He was the leading architect behind Future Systems, one of the most innovative design offices in the world. He is perhaps best known for the futuristic Selfridges Building in Birmingham, England, and the remarkable 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.(Wikipedia)

The Guardian presents a photo gallery of his most ambitious projects here.

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