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Friday, January 23, 2009

Today's archidose #281


Metropolis Down, originally uploaded by [Zakkaliciousness].

The Metropolis apartment building in Copenhagen, Denmark by Future Systems, 2008.

Last week Jan Kaplický, a founder of Future Systems, died at the age of 71. From the Future Systems web page:

Jan Kaplický 1937-2009

Jan Kaplický founder and partner of our practice died on 14 January 2009 in Prague, the town where he was born in 1937.

Jan was through Future Systems the founder and driving force of a new architecture that stimulated, amazed and inspired. He brought together people who shared his ideals and who were never content to remain with the status quo. In Amanda Levete he found a partner with whom he was able to realize his visionary concepts, often against prevailing attitudes, and their partnership was supported by many talented architects and designers over the years.

We are stunned and deeply saddened by the loss of Jan who was a mentor, co-conspirator, critic and inspiration to all who worked with him. His legacy will undoubtedly endure - he was a rare talent in the world of architecture and the reputation and success of Future Systems over the past thirty years stand as a testament to his relentless creative drive.

Our thoughts are with his children Josef and Johana and his wife Eliska Kaplicky Fuchsova.

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2 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed this entry, went on to read about Tadao Ando's Modern Art Museum at Fort Worth, opposite... Absolutely incredible masterpieces. Good work!

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