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Kaplicky's legacy folds as architects fired

Just one month after the sudden death of Czech architect Jan Kaplicky, the design which was set to be his lasting legacy in his homeland of Prague looks set to be scrapped. The Czech National Library (NK) design by Kaplicky's practise, Future Systems, was highly controversial following opposition to it's blob-like structure, being nicknamed the 'Octopus'.

Prior to his death Kaplicky and Future Systems co-founder Amanda Levete parted professional ways, splitting the company's assets in two with Kaplicky retaining the firm's brand and Levete setting up under the name of Amanda Levete Architects. Now, following his fatal heart attack in January, it is reported that Levete wanted nothing to do with Kaplicky's designs and has fired the only two remaining architects who have a detailed knowledge of the NK design, Georg Roetzl and Janis Teer. Levete has handed all designs to their clients, including the NK design but given the level of opposition within the department of culture, who commissioned the design, it is unlikely that the design, which would now be a lasting legacy for Kaplicky, will ever be realised. Whether Future Systems as a company will continue is still under debate as Kaplicky's widow Eliska considers its future.

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