Strong Form in a Weak World

A hybrid, even in architecture, must demonstrate its viability and create a new reality, even at the cost of its form having no parallels and thus not immediately fitting into the world. Instead, it will gradually grow into it, until it becomes a part of it and thus changes it.

In the West Bohemian town of Sokolov, last year a new secondary-school building was opened, for preparing its graduates for technical and economic professions. Sokolov is a town with a complicated history, as given by its location in the Czech-German border regions.

Photo: Ester Havlová

Photo: Ester Havlová

Photo: Ester Havlová

Design Architects: Roman Koucký, Petr Štěpánek
Co-authors: Libor Kábrt, Šárka Malá
Investor: Integrated technical and economical high school ISŠTE
General Contractor: sdružení Syner-Algon-Isso
Built-up area: 1750 m²
Floor area: 14 000 m²
Built up space: 47 000 m³
Start of project: 09/2006
Year of completion: 04/2012

The complete article is published in Summer issue of Piranesi No. 32m Vol. 21.

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