Apropos Architects – Michal Gabaš, Tomáš Beránek, Nikoleta Slováková, Tereza Šváchová, Kryštof Jireš, Rudolf Nikerle; authors of the visual style: Lunchmeat Studio: Petr Fašianok, Jan Kistanov, Jiří Kubalík; Dominik Miklušák; visualization: Studio ZAN / Prague, Zurich, Den Haag
Open Design Contest, 1 Phase
7 March 2023
Prizes and Honorable Mentions
500 000 CZK – 400 000 CZK – 200 000 CZK + honorable mention 100 000 CZK
Mandatory use of electronic tool
The competition was held in the Czech language only.
The subject of the competition was the design of the Czech pavilion for the international exhibition EXPO 2025, which will present the Czech Republic in the best light and build on the historical successes of Brussels, Osaka, and Montreal. The subject of the competition was the design of a complete architectural, design, and conceptual solution for the pavilion and its exhibition and its reuse after the end of the exhibition.
The central theme of "Designing Future Society for Our Lives".
The key idea of the Czech pavilion is "Creative nation, global overlap".
The competition was announced on 12.12.2022, and the deadline for submission of proposals was 1.3.2023.
The jury evaluated 38 competition proposals.
= the work of at least 315 architects, landscape architects, engineers, designers, artists, and other professionals
= 69,000 hours of work = more than CZK 55 million worth of work
Eva JiřičnáJury Chair
Eva Jiřičná was born in Zlín in the family of an architect. She studied Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague, then at the Academy of Fine Arts in the studio of Jaroslav Fragner. She has two architectural studios - in London (where she has lived since 1968, when she was unable to return to Czechoslovakia after the August occupation) and AI Design, based in Prague, which she founded with architect Petr Vágner in 1999. She is a pioneer of 20th century design and a recipient of the Order of the British Empire.
Ondřej SoškaJury Vice-Chair
General Commissioner of the Czech participation in the General World Expo 2025 in Osaka, Japan. He graduated from the Silesian University in Opava and the British Coventry University. He also completed a semester at J. F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, Japan.
She graduated from the Czech Technical University in Prague. In 2000, together with Tomáš Starý, she founded the Lennox architects architectural studio, which is dedicated to creating small interventions, designing new buildings and reconstructions, as well as planning studies. All their public commissions have resulted from architectural competitions or workshops. Notable projects in recent years include the revitalization of the Buďánka conservation area in Prague and the reconstruction of the Colonial into a community centre.
Balázs Bognár is a Hungarian-American architect and partner at Kengo Kuma & Associates. His notable completed works include the Amanpuri Retail Pavilion in Phuket, Thailand, the Rolex Tower in Dallas, Texas (2018, Engineering News-Record 2019 Global Best Office Building Project), the Portland Japanese Garden Cultural Village in Oregon (2017, Eurasian Prize 2018, AIA Japan Architecture Award 2019, and more), and the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, Japan.
Jozef Kabaň is a Slovak automotive designer. He was the lead designer of Volkswagen Lupo, SEAT Arosa, Bugatti Veyron. He was the chief designer of Škoda Auto, where he worked on the Škoda Rapid, Škoda Octavia, Škoda Fabia third generation, Škoda Superb and Škoda Kodiaq, and later worked for the BMW Group and its Rolls-Royce brand.
Kasl graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University, majoring in architecture. Until 1991 he was an architect at Drupos Prague. In 1992-1998 he was the director of his own architectural studio A projekt. Since 2019 he has been the chairman of the Czech Chamber of Architects (CCA). He is also a member of the Working Group for Legislation at the CCA. He actively represents the Chamber in working groups involved in the process of preparing the new Building Act and related legislation. In parallel, he is engaged in his own architectural practice.
She studied architecture at the Technical University of Liberec - Faculty of Architecture. She lives in Denmark for a long time. She used to work in the Copenhagen studio of Bjarke Ingels Group (who won the first prize for the design of the Prague Philharmonic this year). She now runs her own studio She Architect in Copenhagen. He designs for investors both in the Czech Republic and Denmark.
An architect and promoter of architecture, he graduated from the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the Technical University in Liberec, studied in Los Angeles and worked in London and Paris. In 2015 he was awarded the Architekt roku award. He is mainly engaged in theoretical, critical and media activity. He has been involved in the creation of the Centre for Architecture and Urban Planning (CAMP). He spreads general awareness of architecture through his own programmes on Radio Wave and on the internet television MALL.tv.
He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague and studied conceptual design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In 1999, he won the Interior of the Year competition together with Daniel Ziss for the design of the wine shop in Dobřichovice. He is the former editor-in-chief of the architectural magazine ERA 21. From 2013 to 2017 he was the programme director of the international festival and conference for more livable cities reSITE. Since February 2019 he has been the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the Technical University of Liberec.
Vice President of the Confederation of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic. He is a graduate of Charles University in Prague and the University of Cambridge. He is currently Vice President of the Confederation of Industry and Transport, the largest domestic representative of Czech entrepreneurs.
Czech entrepreneur, co-owner of the leading Ostrava advertising agency IanDerson, long-term member of the Czech Television Council. Expert in marketing and public relations.
Graduate of the UK School of Journalism and a specialized course at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University Boston. Experienced marketing communications specialist and event creator for Czech and international clients.
Founder of the Association of Czech Industrial Design, owner of the engineering group Wikov Industry and co-owner of the glassworks Bomma and Rückl.