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House of Prayer in Prague

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The House of Prayer for Czech Brethren in Černošice is a secular wavelike brick building, whereas a small part of the construction of concrete was left visible. The façade of the building is continuously indented to highlight its plasticity. What does the plasticity actually mean, and how it was incorporated into the design? The world is absolutely plastic. This plasticity makes the balance of our existence possible; the whole system would collapse if this balance would become disrupted. Everybody knows that any disruption of balance brings fatal consequence. Who other than an architect should take care to keep some balance whilst intervening the world with his buildings?

I use the term plasticity to describe the adaptation of a building to its environment. It is a flexible reaction to the given of the place where I am born, where I exist, where I live, where I am. Plasticity is first and foremost a spiritual, philosophical category and after all a formal category.   Here, the three categories become one. The plasticity – fluidity – the building flows into the environment, a harmony between man’s behaviour and infinity.

Černošice
church

design 2007
project 2008
completion 2009-2010

House of Prayer in Prague
House of Prayer in Prague
House of Prayer in Prague
House of Prayer in Prague
House of Prayer in Prague
House of Prayer in Prague
House of Prayer in Prague