The Tower of Jan Kaplický Has Been Installed in Front of Salm Palace


The National Gallery Prague commemorates the tenth anniversary of the untimely death of the architect Jan Kaplický.

The Biennale Tower created in 2002 as a conceptual project for the Venice Biennale of Architecture has been installed in front of Salm Palace. Jan Kaplický and his Future Systems studio designed an inclined, one-hundred-floor tower as a new type of urban building.  Its unique aerodynamic shape with an opening that reduces wind pressure is featured in the courtyard of Salm Palace in the form of a four-metre-high model. 

Jan Kaplický (1937–2009) was a distinguished architect of Czech origin, who was professionally active in Great Britain after emigrating from Czechoslovakia. The most remarkable architectural realizations of his Future Systems studio are the Selfridges Building department store in Birmingham (1999–2003), NatWest Media Centre in London (1994–1999) and the Museo Enzo Ferrari (2009–2012) in Modena.

For the Czech Republic, Kaplický designed a National Library to be located at Letná in Prague (2007) that raised much controversy and a concert hall of Antonín Dvořák in České Budějovice. Neither edifice has been constructed. In 2008 the Endowment Fund of the Kaplicky Centre was established in Prague that preserves the legacy of Jan Kaplický and the Kaplický family, and supports, develops and promotes architecture and modern art.


© Jan Kaplický – FUTURE SYSTEMS, with the consent of the Endowment Fund of the Kaplicky Centre

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