Architects Form United Front For Kaplilcky Design

22 October 2007 (Last Updated October 22nd, 2007 11:32)

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has launched a scathing attack on Czech-born British architect Jan Kaplicky over a controversial structure chosen as Prague's national library, which has been dubbed the "blob". The nine-story pyramid-shaped structure, coloured in green and purple and boasti

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has launched a scathing attack on Czech-born British architect Jan Kaplicky over a controversial structure chosen as Prague's national library, which has been dubbed the "blob".

The nine-story pyramid-shaped structure, coloured in green and purple and boasting rounded edges, has been controversial from day one with council members opposing its sitting on Letna Plain in the town centre where the old town hall used to sit.

And now, according to Czech news reports, the President is voicing his opinion – as honorary chairman of the Civic Democrats (ODS), Czech's ruling party which will have a final say over the location and design of the building, which the government has accused of being aesthetically challenging to the area.

Kaplicky’s firm, British Future Systems, was chosen out of a competition of international tenders for his design, which it now seems could go against town planning restrictions.

Architects and artists, however, have a different view and have protested against the government’s treatment of this latest proposal.

Kaplicky himself has accused the government of "stopping and destroying buildings in Czech lands", politicising events behind closed doors and causing a united front from architects petitioning the government to allow his structure to go ahead.

They argue Kaplicky's building is of a high technical and aesthetic quality and that it suits the Letna plain location.

Klaus, reacting to Kaplicky’s earlier comments, has been quoted saying the architect "tilts the pendulum of democracy towards post-democracy".

By staff writer