Karel Hubáček, doc. Ing. arch., Dr.h. c.
Born 23. 2. 1924 in Prague, Died 23. 11. 2011 in Liberec
1943 matriculation, high school in Nusle, Praha
1943–1945 forced labour in Germany
1945–1949 study at the Faculty of Architecture and surface construction, ČVUT Prague
1949–1951 compulsory service in the Czechoslovak army
1951–1968 the regional town and village design and construction institution in Liberec
1968–1971 SIAL – co-founding member
1969 The U.I.A. Auguste Perret prize
1972–1989 Stavoprojekt Liberec
1989 Grand Prix at the world biennial Interarch in Sofia
1990–1991 Director of SIAL
1993 Honorary doctorate in technical science, ČVUT Prague
1994–1997 Technical University Liberec, faculty of architecture, head of department
1995 senior lectureship at VŠUP Prague
1996 The Herder-Prize awarded by the University of Vienna
1996 the association of architects Grand Prix 95
2001 the president of the Czech Republic: Medal for Service, 2nd Degree.
Otakar Binar, acad. arch.
Born 17. 6. 1931 in Jaroměř
Primary education in Hradec Králové – Kukleny
1945 moved with his parents to Liberec
1946–1947 training as a bricklayer
1947–1951 Secondary building school in Liberec
1951–1952 The Czechoslovak administration of roads in Turnov
1952–1958 Studio of prof. Grus, VŠUP Prague
1952–1959 The regional town and village design and construction institution in Liberec
1968–1971 SIAL co-founding memeber
1972–1990 Stavoprojekt Liberec
from 1998 private design activity
MAIN STRUCTURAL ENGINEER:
Ing. Zdeněk Patrman
Born 15. 3. 1927 in Rohovládová Bělá, district of. Náchod, died 23. 5. 2001
1944 Náchod – grammar school
1944–1945 Forced labour – Fantovy závody, Pardubice
1945 residence in Liberec
grammar school in Liberec
1953 KPÚ Liberec, then Stavoprojekt Liberec
1960 Pozemní stavby, Liberec
1964 on the request of ing. arch. Hubáček, he moved back to Stavoprojekt Liberec for the“Ještěd“project, SIAL
1970 Ještěd – transmittor, Liberec
1973 Križava – transmittor, Bratislava
1975–1977 Yemen, Sudan – transmittors
1980 the Máj shopping centre, Prague
1980–1993 renovation of the Prague exhibition palace
1986–1987 spa colonnade, civic centre, Teplice
1981 Ještěd – ski jump and jump judge’s tower
1992 exhibition pavillion – EXPO 92, Sevilla
1994 Universal bank, Liberec
1999 DISK theatre, Prague
2000 embassador’s residence, Budapest
DESIGNER OF THE DINNER SET, GLASS AND TEXTILES:
Karel Wünsch, academic painter
Born 29. 3. 1932 in Haida (today‘s Nový Bor)
Czech glass artist. A graduate of the Higher glass school in Nový Bor (1946–1950), department of glass painting and etching) and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (1953–1959, under prof. J. Kaplický). He worked as a designer in the nationalized company Borské sklo in Nový Bor between the years 1959–1969. Since 1970 he has been a freelance glass artist.
AUTHORS OF THE PLASTIC SCULPTURE "FALL OF THE METEORITES":
Prof. Stanislav Libenský, academic painter
Born 27. 3. 1921 in Sezemice near Mnichovo Hradiště, died 24. 2. 2002 in Železný Brod
Czech glass artist and teacher. He studied at the state special glass school in Haida – in today‘s Nový Bor (1937–1938), and in Železný Brod (1938–1939, glass painting and etching department). Attended the Prague School of Art and Industry (1939–1944, under prof. J. Holeček) and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (1949–1950, prof. J. Kaplický). From 1945 to 1953 he was head of the glass painting and etching department at the specialized glass school in Nový Bor and a designer for the nationalized company Umělecké sklo (Art glass), from 1954 to 1963 he was director of the specialized glass school in Železný Brod, and at the same time head of the glass painting and etching department, from 1963 to 1987 he was professor in the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (VŠUP) glass studio.
Jaroslava Brychtová, academic sculptor
Born 18. 7. 1924 in Železný Brod.
Czech glass artist. She attended the high school in Turnov (1936–1944), and studied at the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (1945–1947, under prof. K. Štipl), she attended the Academy of Creative Arts in Prague (1947–1950, under prof. J. Lauda). From 1950 to 1984 she was a designer in the development department of the Železnobrodské sklo glassworks (ŽBS) at Železný Brod.
FALL OF THE METEORITES
In the creative arts we hardly ever find balanced co-operation between a married couple. One exception was the glass works by professor Stanislava Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová emerging in rare symbiosis for almost half a century. Brichtova‘s sculptural ability was ideally united with Libenský‘s painting tallents. Together they used a innovated technique of fusing melting glass in the mould to form objects, the composition of which would often take a monumental scale. The basic principle of this helped in the success of modern Czech glass, which in some of its aspects has, since the turn of the 1950‘s crossed the border of applied art and veered towards fine art. Their work is now owned by the most renowned of the world’s galleries. Today recognition is still reaped from professor Libenský‘s pedagogical practice in the glass studios of the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design from 1963 to 1987. Numerous groups of graduates began to call the department Libenský‘s school, a title with stuck.
An outstanding stage in the work of S. Libenský and J. Brychtová was defined by glass creations for architecture: among others the stained glas windows for the chapel of St. Václav in St. Vitu‘s Cathedral in Prague (1968–1969), for the castle chapel at Horšovský Týn (1990–1991) or participating in the design of the glass tiling of the National Theatre extention in Prague (1982). The creative solution to the weight bearing concrete centre of the Liberec transmission tower and hotel Ještěd (created between 1964 to 1973) is part of what is known as the purist stage in his work, from the 1970‘s and the start of the 1980‘s, later branded the so-called crystal concept. Within this we find basic geometric shapes – cubes, spheres, cylinders and their derivations. Dr. Milena Klasová, author of the monograph S. Libenský and J. Brychtová (published by Gallery, Prague, 2002) concisely describes the dynamic coming into being of Ještěd as follows: “In the structural field in the first tempered studies for the transmission tower, Libenský and Brychtová emphasised above all the effects of the mass of the site. Horizontal cuttings, which were formatively used, capture the relief of a layer cut through the earth‘s diameter. The final solution for the work preserved this mineralogical purity, this loftiness of content and cosmic dimension. It is an evocation of a shooting meteorite and its impact with the earth.