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The Czech Centre London Presents "Czech Houses"

Focused on family housing, the highlight of contemporary Czech architecture, the exhibition presents 33 exceptional designs by 33 architectural studios offering an insight into contemporary Czech architecture and urbanism. Showing a wide range of approaches to individual housing needs including large and small houses; new projects and renovations; houses in the countryside, in dense urban centres and in suburbia; made of concrete, wood, bricks or steel; in modern, abstract, or traditional styles distinctive, subtle or introverted, the exhibition demonstrates the continuous increase in the quality of Czech architecture since the fall of Communism in 1989, capturing the developments in architecture within the context of significant political and social change.

House Under the Castle / MODULORA

  • Architects: MODULORA
  • Location: Most, Czech Republic
  • Area: 180.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Martin Kocich

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Villa In The Beskydy Mountains / Zdenek Trefil

  • Architects: Zdenek Trefil
  • Location: Valasske Mezirici, Czech Republic
  • Area: 394.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Zdeněk Trefil

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Proti Proudu Bistro / Mimosa architekti

  • Architects: Mimosa architekti
  • Location: Březinova 471/22, Karlín, 186 00 Praha-Praha 8, Czech Republic
  • Collaborator: Lenka Pechanová
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: BoysPlayNice

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Space Packing Architecture: The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann

Space Packing Architecture: The Life and Work of Alfred Neumann, the first-ever exhibition on the Czech architect Alfred Neumann, is on display at Cabinet of Architecture (Kabinet architektury) in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Accompanied by architectural models and life-size spatial units constructed especially for the show, this exhibition focuses on Neumann’s major design projects in Israel from the 1960s, undertaken with his collaborators Zvi Hecker and Eldar Sharon, and explores his vision for a new kind of modern architecture.

Gran Fierro / Formafatal

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Shopping Center Pivovar Děčín / Studio acht

  • Architects: Studio acht
  • Location: Decin, Czech Republic
  • Design Team: Václav Hlaváček, Ben Hoek, Sybren Hoek, Petr Topolovský, Nermin Fehimovič, Pavel Jakoubek, Jiří Jabůrek, Vlastimil Osouch, Kateřina Ambrožová, Jana Tomšová, Majda Šnajdrová, Lina Procházková
  • Area: 32420.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Alexandra Timpau

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The Life Of Dalibor Vesely: Teacher, Philosopher, Acclaimed Academic

Dalibor Vesely, a celebrated architectural historian, philosopher and teacher, died this week in London aged 79. Over the course of his teaching career, which spanned five decades, he tutored a number of the world’s leading architects and thinkers from Daniel Libeskind, Alberto Pérez-Gómez and Robin Evans, to Mohsen Mostafavi and David Leatherbarrow.

Vesely was born in Prague in 1934, five years before the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Following World War II, he studied engineering, architecture, art history and philosophy in Prague, Munich, Paris and Heidelberg. He was awarded his doctorate from Charles University (Prague) having been taught and supervised by Josef Havlicek, Karel Honzik, and Jaroslav Fragner. Although later he would be tutored by James Stirling, it was the philosopher of phenomenology Jan Patočka who, in his own words, “contributed more than anyone else to [his] overall intellectual orientation and to the articulation of some of the critical topics” explored in his seminal book, Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation, published in 2004.

House for Brother / ATELIER 111

  • Architects: ATELIER 111
  • Location: Pacov, Czech Republic
  • Architects in Charge: Smetana, Weinzettl, Marek - garden
  • Area: 101.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ATELIER 111

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ModulARCH Festival of Modular Architecture

Organized by Czech collective Arch for People, ModulARCH is a new festival of modular architecture to be held in Brno, Czech Republic this April. The festival will explore all aspects of modular architecture from the ecological to the economic, and discuss the role of the typology within the contemporary city. Learn more about the three day conference after the break.

Jiřičná, Meier And Pawson Appointed To Design Residential Development Near Prague

Three practices have been appointed to the design team for Oaks Prague, a new rural residential development located in the commune of Popivičky, close to the city of Prague. John Pawson, Richard Meier + Partners and Eva Jiřičná with AI-Design have drawn up design proposals for key buildings for the scheme, which is managed by the Czech development company Arendon. In November last year, ten practices were shortlisted in a competition to design housing schemes for the €400 million, 220-home "residential and lifestyle development" in Popivičky.

The entire development, which has previously been master-planned by EDSA assisted by Chapman Taylor and John Thompson & Partners, "responds to the form, layout and vernacular of the surrounding Czech villages."

Chalet in Krkonoše / Znameni Ctyr Architekti

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Lighthouse And Museum Of Jara Cimrman / Hut Architektury Martin Rajnis

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Vodafone CEC / IO Studio

  • Architects: IO Studio
  • Location: Vinohradská 2356/168, 130 00 Praha-Praha 3, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge: Luka Križek, Radek Bláha
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Alexander Doborvotský

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The Dox House / Mjölk architekti

  • Architects: Mjölk architekti
  • Location: Pyšely, Czech Republic
  • Building Company: TFH dřevěné skeletové domy s.r.o.
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: BoysPlayNice

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Extension of a House in Bořislav / 3+1 architekti

  • Architects: 3+1 architekti
  • Location: Bořislav 89, 415 01 Bořislav, Czech Republic
  • Architect in Charge: Plánička, Panenka, Páral
  • Area: 75.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Pavel Plánička

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Villa Pruhonice / Jestico + Whiles

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