Giant zeppelin touches down at the DOX Center in Prague
Builder: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
Architects: Martin Rajniš, Leoš Válka, David Kubík
Location: Prag, Tschechien
The 42-metre-long steel and wood structure measuring 10 metres in diameter will be serving the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art as a venue for readings and public discussions of literature related to the themes of the DOX exhibitions.
The DOX first opened its doors in 2008 as the result of a private initiative by its current director, Leoš Válka, and his partners. The reconstruction of a former factory into a multi-functional space was immediately nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award. For the past eight years the venue has continued to fulfil its mission, namely to provide a space for research, presentation, exhibitions, dialogue and exchange.
Gulliver – for this is the name given to the zeppelin-inspired structure, which will be seeing its inauguration this weekend – is the final touch, and is the result of Leoš Válka's long-held dream to provide the Centre's stark concrete and glass architecture an emotional counterpart. He has now made this dream come true in collaboration with the architectural studio Hutarchitektury and Martin Rajniš. The airship, a synonym for optimism and departure to a new future, has truly landed.