CANAWAY FLEMING ARCHITECTS
The proposed new art gallery for the city of Plzen in the Czech Republic would be located on a site between the Radbuza River and the Square of the Republic where The Cathedral of St Bartholomew provides an historic backdrop to the site when approached from Prazska Street crossing the river.
The new gallery has a civic scale and purpose, providing a focal point around which new public spaces have been created on the route from the river Radbuza towards the cathedral. The form of the building maintains views of the cathedral creating a visual link between the new and the historic.
The two main gallery volumes of the building are clad in large bronze panels which are allowed to oxidise and form a patina similar to that of the cathedral and other metal roofs found in the city, giving the building a sculptural quality. Natural light is introduced into the building via a 5 storey linear atrium between the two solid elements of the building. The atrium also provides natural ventilation to the gallery spaces with air drawn into through the façade at each level.
Canaway Fleming designed the building for an international design competition, receiving an honourable mention and later published in the post competition brochure.