Architecture Week Prague 2015

The 9th International Festival of Architecture and Urbanism Architecture Week Prague 2015 will take place in the Convent of St. George at Prague Castle and other locations in Prague from August 17 to October 18, 2015.

 

Vila Frantiska Bilka Hradcany, Prague © Architecture Week Prague 2015

Vila Frantiska Bilka Hradcany, Prague © Architecture Week Prague 2015

 

The exhibition Heritage of My Homeland, the main exhibition of this year´s festival, will present not only the greatest architectural treasures of all regions, but also their culture, art and objects characteristic for individual regions. It is organized by the company Czech Architecture Week in cooperation with the Prague Castle Administration. The festival will again be held under the patronage of the Czech President, Mr. Miloš Zeman.  (more…)

Landscape Festival Praha 2015 and CZECHSCAPE exhibition at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

The CZECHSCAPE exhibition deals with the increasingly discussed theme of landscape architecture. This showcase of Czech creations, with generous overlap into other related disciplines, deliberately exceeds the borders of conventional understanding of the field.

 

Exhibition image © Czechscape Exhibition / Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

Exhibition image © Czechscape Exhibition / Jaroslav Fragner Gallery

 

The third year of the interdisciplinary festival tries to present the public space and landscape using the media, photography, design and contemporary art. The Czech public has a great interest in the quality of public space, which is an important factor in the development of society. The proof is in attendance of the last year’s festival in 2014, which reached almost 30 000 visitors in three months. A very important factor was the participation of both professional architects and artists, and the involvement of many volunteers, NGOs and students who participated in the multi-layered structure of the program. This year the festival will be held in three locations – Prague 1, Prague 3 and Prague 6. (more…)

Open House Prague 2015 opens 33 buildings and special constructions

‘Open House’ is a simple but powerful concept: showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience, completely for free. Open House initiatives invite everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment.

 

Gasometer in Libeň © OpenHousePraha 2015

Gasometer in Libeň © OpenHousePraha 2015

 

For one weekend in year headquarters of companies, offices and modern technical buildings we are just used to pass by will be open. It will be possible to visit more than 40 places with exceptional interiours, interesting history and unusual views of Prague usually closed to public. More than 30 structures will be open in Prague, and not all of them are old buildings. Some of the newest, such as Florentinum, Main Point Karlín, Artgen, Fusion Hotel and Port #58 will be having visitors. (more…)

Call for entries for the 2nd edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award is now open

After Xaveer De Geyter —last edition’s winner— who will be the next Grand Prize? The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with more than 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards.

 

Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus COOVI, Brussels, by Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) © Frans Parthesius

Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus COOVI, Brussels, by Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) © Frans Parthesius

 

The registration period for the 2nd edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award 2015 is now open. The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Belgium (Walloon and Brussels City), particularly aware of these works’  dialogue with timeless themes in the history of architecture, as well as their relationship with energy efficiency parameters, sustainable construction and the quest for greater comfort and habitability, accepting any building typology (residential works, commercial works, industrial works, institutional works, etc.). (more…)

“Chameleon House”, a home inspired by nature, by Petr Hajek Architekti

The house designed by the Czech architects is located in a garden by a grassy meadow in Praha-Lipence. Inspired by a chameleon lying in the sun, the house extends the views from the inside of the house into the surrounding trees.

 

© Benedikt Markel

© Benedikt Markel

 

This house by Petr Hajek Architekti is located in Praha-Lipence, less than 20 km southwest of the Czech Republic’s capital city, in a quiet area surrounded by the countryside. Taking the natural surroundings as main condition to develop the project, the architects have achieved a single, continuous space that is divided and qualified by the vistas and light conditions of the views outside.

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Martin Rajnis’ Lighthouse and Museum of Jara Cimrman, nominated for the Mies van der Rohe award 2015

The museum is embedded into the slope, protected by a stone wall fluently attached to the rock and other walls running throughout the area. The concept of volumes is based on the contrast of horizontal walls and a vertical wooden construction.

 

© Radka Ciglerová

© Radka Ciglerová

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit Martin Rajnis’ Lighthouse and Museum of Jara Cimrman, situated in the Příchovice, south of the Jizera Mountains (Czech Republic). (more…)

Villa Pruhonice, Jestico + Whiles in Czech Republic

Fully integrated into the surrounding landscape, Jestico + Whiles’ design fuses the home’s pure spaces with physical connections to the landscaped gardens.

© Ales Jungmann

© Ales Jungmann

(Extracts from the memory by architects)

Jestico + Whiles has completed a luxury private villa in the heart of a village close to Prague in the Czech Republic. A sophisticated five-bedroom family home that marries a contemporary aesthetic with the best in environmental design, the property also includes cutting-edge intelligent home technologies.

Fully integrated into the surrounding landscape, Jestico + Whiles’ design fuses the home’s pure spaces with physical connections to the landscaped gardens. The villa features a transparent south- facing façade that allows natural light to flood throughout the entire living space without any danger of overheating or glare in summer thanks to balcony overhangs and a cantilevered roof. (more…)

“Industrial Topographies: the architecture of conversion” in Prague

The ehxibition responds to a sensitive, important and often discussed issue today – the new use of industrial buildings.

Organized in partnership with the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FACTU in Prague, led by Benjamin Fragner, the exhibition follows a series of events, meetings and activities organized on the occasion of the Biennale of Industrial Heritage.

A comprehensive selection of over 30 examples of the new use of abandoned industrial buildings and sites will be presented in detail in the exhibition panels showing its historical and current situation, as well as an interactive map and examples from other countries. The exhibition will also be followed by a series of lectures and screenings. A reduced Czech-English version will also be available.

The project responds to a sensitive, important and often discussed issue today – the use of industrial buildings and their relationship not only to architecture professionals, but also to the general public.

The exhibition will take place at the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague, and it will be open until January 2nd 2015.

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Martin Rajnis talk @ Finlands Arkitekturmuseum, Nov 26

The czech architect, winner of the 2014 Global Sustainable Architecture Award of the Locus Foundation, will be at Helsinki tomorrow at 6 pm.

 

Tomorrow, the Museum of Finnish Architecture will host Czech architect Martin Rajnis to give a talk on experimental wooden constructions on the occasion of the latest exhibition “Annual rings 1994–2014. A new generation of wood architecture“, which will be open to the public from October 8th to January 25th 2015. The conference will take place at 6pm, in the lecture hall of the Finlands Arkitekturmuseum in Helsinki.

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