The architect behind some of Britainâ€™s foremost modern buildings has died in his native Prague, it was announced today.
Jan Kaplicky ,71, designed the award-winning media centre at Lordâ€™s cricket ground in London.
He and his design consultancy Future Systems were also responsible for the futuristic Selfridges building in Birmingham, the Stonehenge tourist centre and a floating bridge linking West India Quay and Canary Wharf in London.
Kaplicky died yesterday, just hours after his wife Eliska gave birth to a daughter Johanka.
Kaplicky collapsed on a Prague street said a spokeswoman for Pragueâ€™s rescue service. She said rescue workers attempted to resuscitate him for 30 minutes.
Born in Prague April 18, 1937, Kaplicky studied at the College of Applied Arts and Architecture in the Czech capital before leaving his homeland for London in 1968 after the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia crushed the liberal reforms of Alexander Dubcek and ended an era known as the â€œPrague Spring.â€
â€œI realised: the time has come, you canâ€™t stay here because thereâ€™s absolutely no hope in your lifetime,â€ Kaplicky said in 2004.
Kaplickyâ€™s design of the new media centre at Lordâ€™s was honoured with Britainâ€™s most prestigious architecture award, the Stirling Prize, in 1999.
In 2007, Future Systems won an international design competition for the new building of the Czech National Library in Prague, which would have been Kaplickyâ€™s first building in his homeland.
But the project, a pyramidal building that looks like an artificial hill with a huge eye-like window near the top overseeing the capitalâ€™s landmarks, including the Prague Castle, drew controversy.
Czech leaders, including President Vaclav Klaus and Prague Mayor Pavel Bem opposed it. Currently, it is not clear if the project will ever materialise.
Kaplicky is survived by his wife, baby daughter and a son, Josef.