Jan Kaplinký Drawings Exhibition – Discussion

  • 16th Nov 2016
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Stephen Lawrence Gallery
Jan Kaplicky - House for a Helicopter Pilot 1979

Jan Kaplicky – House for a Helicopter Pilot 1979

The seventh in the 2016-17 series of Hawksmoor public lectures.

Panel: Eva Jiricna, Amanda Levete, David Nixon, Andrea Morgante

Jan Kaplický (18 April 1937 – 14 January 2009) was a world-renowned Neofuturistic Czech architecht and the driving force behind a new school of architecture and his buildings continue to stimulate, amaze and inspire.

Arriving in London as a refugee after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Kaplický worked with Denys Lasun, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.

He established Future Systems with David Nixon in 1979 which worked initially as a kind of think tank. Astonishing drawings and plans for robot built structures spinning in earth’s orbit, weekend houses in the guise of space age survival pods and malleable interiors were just some of Kaplický’s visions.

In 1994 Future Systems designed the Stirling Prize winning media centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground and in 1999 designed the Selfridges department store in Birmingham, a sensuous iceberg like building that would win the 2004 RIBA Award for Architecture.


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