The role of architects and urban planners is to articulate society’s demands and to examine them critically. They have the tools to affect the development and operation of settlement and landscape. However, with the increasing complexity of designing the build-up environment, architects often confine to a mere fulfillment of normative, formal, or economical demands and refuse to challenge them or to comment on planning-related societal issues. The project Dear architects… attempted to trigger a discussion about the role of an architect in the current society (in the Czech, and Slovak, context) – how it is understood by architects themselves, but also other professionals researching on societal and environmental issues. By addressing them, we tried to re-think the position of the profession of an architect in today’s Czech society and defined seven rules to change it.
13. 6. – 27. 6. 2017 Gallery of Architecture Brno, CZ
Rental Housing – Forgotten Segment of Czech Architecture – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
This exhibition reminded a topic that has been neglected for a very long time in the CR. Apart from relatively short history of this field in our country, the exhibition presented the phenomenon of rental and social housing in Europe, various approaches in terms of legislation and strategy, and the most interesting examples both for their architectonic, urban planning, and social aspects – ten examples from the CR, thirty projects from all over Europe, and one project from New York. The presented buildings also included 00375 Prostějov 03 apartment house.
16. 5. – 15. 6. 2017 Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prague, CZ
18. 8. – 15. 9. 2017 Gallery of Architecture Brno, CZ
The Future of Brno Centre
In September 2015 The Statutory City of Brno announced an international two round urban urban-planning competition The Future of Brno Centre. Its subject was the urban and traffic design for a new Brno railway station situated on a site below Petrov Hill and simultaneously proposing a strategy for creating a fully-fledged part of town – on the site of the South Centre presently under development. The aim was to find both the design for an urban planning concept and the method and tools for its successful implementation. The exhibition presented all 57 proposals, including the project by knesl kynčl architects which was the only one to deal with the railway station in its current location, and eight designs finished in the second round.
11. 5. – 14. 7. 2016 Brno House of Arts, CZ
8+8 / realizations + projects of family houses
A family house represents a specific type of building, holding a great challenge as well as various pitfalls. It is about searching for a code – code of the site, the house, and its future residents. As the title suggests, the exhibition of knesl kynčl architects presented 16 projects of family houses in various design phases and stages of realization which are abound in the practice of the studio. At the same time, it is a local topic – almost all presented houses are located in
4. 4. – 5. 5. 2014 Gallery of Architecture Brno, CZ
Sites of Architectural Example / Defiance
The project Sites of Architectural Example / Defiance, subtitled Czech Architecture Outside the Centres 1990–2013, deals with progressive buildings designed in the period between 1990 and 2013 in villages and towns in the Czech Republic with a population of less than 20 000. It is apparent from the title that architecture can be both an example to various local governments or private entities, as well as be perceived as a manifestation of courage that results in the strengthening or even fundamental transformation of the identity of a certain location. The project is supported by the publication (Petr Volf, Architectura, Praha, 2014).
Several projects by knesl kynčl architekti were included: 00016 TJ Sokol Křižanovice, 00109 the renovation of st. Roch chapel, 00200 Environmental Center Rychleby and 00210 Nové Město na Moravě Terminal Station
3. 10. – 31. 10. 2015 The New Municipal Hall, Litomyšl, CZ
8. 4. – 24. 5. 2015 Municipal Museum of Ústí nad Labem, CZ
2. 2. – 4. 3. 2015 monastery church of Sv. Antonín, Sokolov, CZ
26. 5. – 6. 6. 2014 Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technologi in Bratislava, SK
27. 3. – 23. 4. 2014 Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prague, CZ
28. 2. – 23. 3. 2014 Regional Art Gallery Liberec – Baths, CZ
Between the City and the House
The profile exhibition mapping twelve years of practice of the studio knesl kynčl architects presented their way of thinking about architecture and the ability to deal with each commission in large context through five competition designs and three urban planning projects. It can be summarized by a motto “Between the city and the house”. The exhibition included photographs of the realized projects and a series of comic strips illustrating daily life in the studio. The exhibition was accompanied by a homonymous catalogue.
2. 2. – 3. 3. 2013 Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prague, CZ
City Interventions Brno 2011
City interventions represent architectural projects originated not in any order but in an internal or professional need of authors to show problems occuring in urban context, to show what doesn‘t work but should work. After introducing in Bratislava (2007) and Prague (2008) the proclamation moved to Brno to obtain 197 proposals by 160 authors including 5 proposals made by knesl kynčl architects: 00287 Brno-South Centre, 00294 the Wing, 00295 the Square, 00296 “Ruďák” and 00297 Janáček. The project is supported by the publication City Interventions, From Architects With Love (Matúš Vallo, Oliver Sadovský /eds./, Slovart, Bratislava, 2011) containing essays written by important Czech, Slovak and foreign architects an 60 most interesting projects selected from all 3 cities.
27. 5. – 30. 6. 2011 former city jail, Soudní Street, Brno, CZ
20 after 20 CZ-SK / Dvacet po dvaceti CZ-SK
Czech-slovak exhibition presenting the creative approach and the way of thinking of young architects. The project introduced 20 Czech and 20 Slovak architects and studios, whose origins are dated in the year 1989 and later. Instead of a conventional project presentation, the real works were shown – a dog kennel (CZ) and a bird box (SK).
23. 11. – 11. 12. 2010 Ambassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin, Berlin, DE
15. 1. – 7. 2. 2010 Design Factory, Bratislava, SK
17. 11. 2009 – 10. 1. 2010 Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prague, CZ
The Guide through the Contemporary Brno Architecture II.
Brno and its contemporary architecture on the large-scale color photos made by Filip Šlapal and David Židlický. The exhibition was amended by interactive guide and video-projection presenting the use of the new buildings, their integration into the city and community, and the pocket guide BRNO. ARCHITECTURE. 1990–2008 (Gallery of Architecture, Brno, 2008) containing houses 00007 Moravanské Lány 01 and 00038 Vinohrady 01.
24. 11. 2008 – 15. 1. 2009 Galerie architektury, Brno, CZ
The multimedia project introducing the young generation of architects from the Czech Republic and their way through their breakthrough contracts. BIG DEAL is presenting these studios: A69 – architects, HŠH architects, 4A architects, New Work, Projektil architects, yvette vašourková + igor kovačević, Marcela Steinbachová, OK PLAN ARCHITECTS, knesl kynčl architects.
23. 7. – 31. 8. 2008 House of Lords of Kunštát, Brno, CZ
23. 4. – 18. 5. 2008 MÉDIUM Gallery, Bratislava, SK
25. 3. – 29. 4. 2007 Croatian Museum of Architecture, Zagreb, HR
2. 2. – 2. 3. 2007 Museum of Applied Arts, Belgrade, SRB
Living in the City
The interactive exhibition supported by
5. 10. – 30. 10. 2006 CNA Gallery, Ostrava, CZ
30. 5. – 25. 6. 2006 Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prague, CZ
15. 2. – 31. 3. 2006 Gallery of Architecture, Brno, CZ
I‘m a Young „Czeck“ Architect
An opening exhibition of the Young Blood series focused on the young generation of architects working in Central European Region. The selection of countries was based on their mutual historical and cultural connection. The exhibitors had to react to the sentence “I’m a Young (the name of the respective country) Architect” on an exhibition space of
26. 6. – 26. 9. 2004 CCEA, Prague, CZ