Jan Kaplický The Bull Ring (2003)

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Jan Kaplický (1937-2009)

Czech architect who has spent most of his career in the UK.

Future Systems is a firm of architectural and design created 1982, based in London and headed by the couple Jan Kaplický and Amanda Levete with as associate directors Andrea Morgante and John O'Mara.

The Bull Ring is a shopping district in Birmingham in England.


It has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages, where this place served as a market place. It has since been converted into a shopping center twice : in the years 1960 then over the years 2000. The current shopping center opened its doors on 4 September 2003 and houses, inter alia, one of the four Selfridges stores (the others being in London, Manchester and Trafford) and the second largest branch of Debenhams, which spans 4 floors. Therefore, the mall is a huge success, attracting businesses from around the world, including New York signs. It has a very innovative architecture recognized internationally, work by the architectural firm Future Systems , it extends over a surface of 110 000m², greater than the surface of 26 football fields and hosts each year on average 36.5 million visitors. Finally, it has a glass roof with an area of ​​7000m². This is the & rsquo; one of the cities buildings and amazing houses Selfridges in the Bull Ring. Birmingham Selfridges is a building, dressed 15.000 aluminum discs shimmery. It has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages, when the market d & rsquo; first held. Two shopping centers were built in the region, in the years 1960, then in 2003. In the Bullring, the work done by Kaplicky associated with Amanda Levete in the agency Future System, is only the Selfridge and date of 2003. The rest of the mall, which has a much more classical architecture, it’s been done in stages over the years 50 or 60.

The facade includes 15.000 anodised aluminum mounted on a blue background discs.



The site is located on the edge of the crest of the city sandstone leading to the steep gradient towards Digbeth. The slope descends around 15 meters (49 feet) New Street in & rsquo; St. Martin's Church. The existing shopping center is the busiest in the UK 2004 with 36,5 million visitors. It houses the & rsquo; one of the four Selfridges, the fourth largest and the first Debenhams store Forever 21 in Europe. Therefore, the center was a huge success, attracting custom from all over the world, including New York. The Selfridges building is a landmark building in Birmingham , England. The building is part of the Bullring and Selfridges Department Store houses. The building was completed in 2003 at a cost of £ 60 million and designed by the firm & rsquo; architecture Future Systems. It has’ a steel frame with a projected concrete facade. Since its construction, the building became an iconic architectural landmark and seen as a major contribution to the regeneration of Birmingham.


The firm & rsquo; architecture Future Systems
were appointed by Selfridges and CEO, Vittorio Radice, design only the third store outside London. Although Selfridges has been physically integrated to the mall Bullring the client wanted a distinct design approach that would set the store apart from the rest of the development and become an instantly recognizable sign for the brand. The front of the & rsquo; building is curved, wrapping around the corner of Moor Street and Park Street.







Selfridges Building Exterior


Cleaning the d & rsquo record; silver Selfridges Building (above)







© 2011 Brno inaugurated a new bus stop

© 2011 Brno inaugurated a new bus stop

© 2011 Brno inaugurated a new bus stop

Brno inaugurated a new bus stop, reminiscent of a striking design unrealized gain for the National Library in Prague since late Jana Kaplického. Pepsi paid the construction company as part of their campaign and donated to the city of Brno-Sever.

Project Jan Kaplický of the National Library in Prague


Jan Kaplicky Netwest Media Center

The first Investec Test match between England and New Zealand now beginning to Lord's Cricket Ground and the world press will be on the lookout for its Media Center, Award winning building designed by Future Systems Stirling // Future Systems is a firm of architectural and design created 1982, based in London and headed by the couple Jan Kaplický and Amanda Levete with as associate directors Andrea Morgante and John O'Mara.

The objective of the design of the Media Center was to respect and enjoy the essential nature of Lord's while providing a building that announced the new millennium when it would be completed in 1999 and would provide the most elegant and modern media center in the world. It captured the public imagination with its form and function, transforming a brief generic an elegant solution, made possible by the marriage of conceptual creativity with technical inventiveness. First semi-monocoque all-aluminum building in the world, it represents a breakthrough, not only in the creation of a new three-dimensional aesthetic, but in its construction method. This building was built and furnished not by the construction industry but by a shipyard, Using the latest advances boat building technical matters. raised in 15 meters above the ground, building aerodynamic contours reflect the scanning of the ground plane with the envelope formed by skin a smooth shell, white and transparent. The windows facing west is inclined to avoid glare or reflections, offering stunning views of the game for the media worldwide.

Jan Kaplicky Druidstone
Wales, Grande-Bretagne United Kingdom. "Malator" is an organic house located in Wales to Druidstone, on the coast of Pembrokeshire. With its large windows on each side, it overlooks the sea and the surrounding hills but remains hidden under the grass covering the roof. It is 150m2 and was designed by the architectural firm Future system.




Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page Bubblemania.fr or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

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