World-renowned architect Jan Kaplický dies in Prague at 71

15-01-2009

The world-renowned Czech architect Jan Kaplický has died at the age of 71. He passed away after collapsing in the street in Prague on Wednesday, only hours after his wife Eliška gave birth to a baby girl, the couple’s first child. Mr Kaplický emigrated from Czechoslovakia in 1968 and settled in London, where he worked with architects such as Norman Foster and Richard Rogers before becoming the lead architect behind Future Systems, one of the most innovative design offices in the world. He is perhaps best known for the Selfridges shopping centre in Birmingham and the Media Centre at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Mr Kaplický’s design for a new National Library building in Prague – nicknamed the blob – won an international tender before meeting political resistance and effectively being scrapped.