Tributes to Jan Kaplicky
'I am devastated by the death of Jan Kaplicky, a much-loved colleague and friend.
Jan was a brilliant and astonishing architect, one of a small handful of true visionaries. Like many architects, the majority of his projects have not been realised. However, his beautiful drawings and models handsomely and energetically express their intent. His thinking has been an enormous influence on my own work and his death is a huge loss to architecture.
He started working with Su Rogers and me in 1969, and we instantly became close friends. His ideas subsequently had an influence on the design of the Pompidou Centre in the early 1970s.
Future Systems – which he started in 1979 – had an immeasurable impact on architectural design. He was later joined at the practice by Amanda Levete and, together, they designed some of the most important buildings in Britain of the late 20th century including the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground and the Selfridges Building in Birmingham. I very much hope that his design for the National Library of the Czech Republic will be built.
Jan was an extremely passionate and elegant person with a clear vision of the future. I shall miss him.'