Kaplický’s concert hall in České Budějovice to be completed in 2015
A concert hall in České Budějovice, nicknamed Stingray, designed by the late architect Jan Kaplický, could be completed in 2015, the head of the local music fans’ association said. The project, which is the Czech-born architect’s last design to be built in his native country, is expected to cost around two billion crowns; however, the investor of the project has not been disclosed. The supporters of the project hope that they will secure all permits by the end of the year and construction should begin in December 2013. The new concert hall could then open to the public in January 2016.
Jan Kaplický, who died in 2009 aged 72, also designed a new National Library building in Prague, known as the Blob. However, the project was dropped under pressure from Prague City Hall.