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Kuba & Pilař Architekti is an architectural studio founded by Ladislav Kuba and Tomáš Pilař in 1996. The studio ranks among the most recognised ones in the Czech Republic. Their buildings have been awarded nine times the Grand Prix of the Society of Czech Architects – the most prestigious national award for architecture.
The first significant public commission of the studio was the building of the Library of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University in Brno, which won the main award Grand Prix 2002 and many other awards. This project was followed by other successful architectural competitions, built projects and awards. The Faculty of Chemical Technology, the University of Pardubice, which won the main award Grand Prix 2009, Residential Estate Na Krutci in Prague, Omega Department Store in Brno, Apartment Building on Kostelni Square in Ostrava, projects of Moravian-Silesian Research Library in Ostrava, The Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen are among the most significant. In 2021 their conversion of the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague won again the main award Grand Prix of Society of Czech Architects and was one of the finalists of the Czech Prize for Architecture 2021. The work of Kuba & Pilař Architekti has been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award five times and published in both national and international periodicals.
The starting point of their architectural design is the relationship to the context, the content of the building, which they transform into the relevant material and visual form. Harmony between content and form is not just a phrase for them. They emphasize the art concept of their design. They concentrate on the detail, which eventually transforms the abstract intention into reality.