Happy birthday Jan Kaplicky

Jan Kaplický, known as a radical neo-futurist architect, was born on April 18, 1937. Czech-born Kaplický who founded the Future Systems architecture firm, of which he co-directed with Amanda Levete, passed away in 2009. One of the architect’s most recognizable works is the shiny cog facade of the Birmingham Selfridge store, occupying some of ours computer desktop backgrounds, inspired by a plastic gown and fly eye.

Kaplický who has traveled to England early in his career, worked Kaplický, who has traveled to England early in his career, worked with Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano during the design of the Pompidou Center in 1973 later, and then with Norman Foster. The architect, who founded the Future Systems company afterward, was awarded the Stirling Award with the Lords Media Center project, which became one of the representations of avant-garde architecture in 1999, and the Czech National Library in 2007.

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