Prague, Sept 22 (CTK) – A large wooden construction shaped like an airship, built on the roof of the contemporary art DOX centre in Prague by architect Martin Rajnis, will open to the public in November, spokeswoman Zuzana Masna has told CTK.
The structure will become part of the centre and it will mainly serve literature. Discussions and author readings will be staged there and visitors will be able to go the airship with their own book.
DOX founder Leos Valka has cooperated with Rajnis, who is known for his structures that accentuate harmony with nature, for some time.
Rajnis, who is also the author of the wooden post house of 2007 atop Snezka (1603 m), the highest mountain in the Czech Republic, had a retrospective exhibition in DOX on the occasion of the presentation of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2014, which he won.
Since 2006, the award has been bestowed on the authors of projects based on the idea of long-time social sustainability, environment-friendly attitudes, social ties and architecture as an instrument of the development of society.
In 2014, Rajnis placed one of his lookout towers which he often makes, using exclusively wood, on the DOX roof.
The airship, also made of wood, will be covered with a transparent foil to protect it from rain.
Rajnis studied architecture and plastic arts. In the 1970s, he worked with the SIAL studio, headed by Karel Hubacek, the author of the well-known design for a TV transmitter and hotel atop the Jested Mountain (1012 m) towering above Liberec, north Bohemia.
Since 2002, Rajnis has focused on smaller structures made of natural materials, such as wood, stone and glass.