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Jan Kaplicky's doomed Prague library reborn as bus stop

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Jan Kaplicky’s unrealised National Library scheme for Prague has been recreated in miniature as a bus stop in the Czech city of Brno

The mini-version of Kaplicky’s controversial ‘Octopus’ scheme - designed by the Future System’s co-founder two years before his death in January 2009 - was sponsored by drinks giants Pepsi.

The company ran a competition to draw up for a new bus stop for the Lesná quarter of the city - a contest which was won by teenager Martin Felgr (click here for a video of the construction).

It is understood the proposal was backed by Kaplicky’s widow Eliska Fuchsova Kaplicky who also asked Czech-born Eva Jiřičná to help.

Future System’s original scheme for Prague’s new central library ran into heated opposition almost immediately after the blob-like scheme won an anonymous international competition in 2007.

Watch a video about Kaplicky and his struggle to build his dream project in his homeland here.

More images and information about the bus stop can be read on BrnoNow.

Jan Kaplicky's unrealised Prague National library resurrected as a bus stop in Brno [Pepsi: Refresh Your World campaign]

Jan Kaplicky’s unrealised Prague National library resurrected as a bus stop in Brno [Pepsi: Refresh Your World campaign]

 

 



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