An unusual addition just touched down at Prague's Dox Center for Contemporary Art - a giant wooden zeppelin is now permanently parked on the roof of the complex. This wooden structure, designed in collaboration between the center's founder and director, Leoš Válka, and architect Martin Rajniš, will function as a venue for reading and public discussions of literature related to the themes of DOX's exhibitions.
The design team found inspiration for the project in early twentieth-century airships and their symbolic qualities as structures that represent unprecedented technological advancements. It complements the existing complex that transformed an old factory into an important cultural hub in Prague. The airship will be christened after one of the most famous characters in utopian literature, Gulliver.
“The idea to invade the DOX Centre’s starkly modern austere concrete-and-glass architecture with a “parasitic“ structure has been on my mind for several years”, said Leoš Válka. ” I first dreamed of an absurdly fascinating organic shape that would contrast with the DOX Centre’s existing architecture,” he added.
Photos by Jan Slavík