GULLIVER above the DOX Centre in Prague, Czech Republic

A unique monumental architectural intervention, inspired by the elegant shapes of early 20th century airships, is growing on the rooftop of one of the largest contemporary art spaces in the heart of Europe (DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic).

Internationally acclaimed architect Martin Rajniš, in collaboration with David Kubík (Hut Architektury), for more than two years, together with experts in wooden construction and steel, worked on a design of 42 meters long and 10 meters wide design inspired by the shapes of the giant airships that began cruising the sky in the early twentieth century. The shape of the zeppelin is symbolic. The early zeppelins represented the optimistic ideals of a new era of unprecedented technological advancements. With their remarkable monumentality and hypnotic dignity that would continue to fascinate generations to come long after they had vanished from the skies, they have always embodied the eternal human desire to fly, and have represented a certain utopian ideal. The airship is to bear the name of one of the most famous characters in utopian literature. Gulliver will serve as a space for reading and public discussions of literature – fiction, poetry and critical writing – related to the themes of DOX’s exhibitions, which typically offer a critical view of particular aspects of the contemporary human situation.
Architects: Hut Architektury Martin Rajnis

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