Jan Kaplický: visionary of the new Birmingham

15 01 2009

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The architect Jan Kaplický has died suddenly at the age of 71 when he collapsed walking along a street in Prague hours after the birth of his daughter Johanka by his second wife Eliska Kaplický Fuchsova.

Looking up from Digbeth

Kaplický may not be familiar to all but anyone from the Midlands owes him a debt of thanks as he was the creator the Selfridges Building in the new Bullring, perhaps the defining symbol of Birmingham today.

Plates and discs

The Guardian has a photogallery of some of his work and an appreciation by Steve Rose. There are further tributes on Building Design, including from Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, plus further images of his buildings and biography.

Selfridges by night

There are many, many more pictures of the Selfridges Building in its own group on Flickr.

— words by Paul
— pictures by Paul & Elizabeth



One response

7 03 2009

followed the Guardian link

hadn’t realised he also designed the pressbox – sorry, media centre – at Lord’s

i hated the renderings of Selfridges but as soon as i saw it ‘in real life’ I was captivated by it

i think Kaplinsky did well for the city – something to be proud of architecturally

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