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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Museum and Lighthouse of czech genius Jara Cimrman by Martin Rajniš

 
February 6th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Martin Rajniš

Jára Cimrman is a fictitious Czech national giant. He excelled in many roles – as an inventor, scientist, playwright, poet, composer, artist, teacher, traveler, philosopher, detective, mathematician, pilot, sportsman and dentist.
In his case, you can hardly find a profession that he has not made a radical contribution to.

He was born in the end of the 19th century and his footprint disappeared after the First World War.

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

  • Architects: Huť architektury Martin Rajniš – Martin Rajniš, David Kubík
  • Project: Museum and Lighthouse of czech genius Jara Cimrman
  • Photography: Radka Ciglerova, Martin Rajniš
  • Top of the lighthouse: +25,6m
  • Eyes of visitors: +19,8m
  • Diameter of the lighthouse: 4,7m
  • Gross floor area of the museum: 162m2

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

In the 2005 he became the winner of the TV competition The Greatest Czech, but he was disqualified, due to his non-existence. This decision of the competition organizers – the Czech Television – led to a huge outrage over the whole population.

Jára da Cimrman’s Lighthouse and Museum were built on an impetus from Aleš Voverka. They complement the U Čápa establishment on the southern slope below Příchovice in the Jizera Mountains. The viewing tower and the museum should increase the rates of visitors to the guesthouse in summer. The investors have been trying to build a nice and well-functioning place with their own resources (no subsidies). The exceptional landscape framework is close to their hearts; they build pastures and footpaths, take care of tree lines, and have built a viewing tower. The Museum of Cimrman’s Times is virtually invisible. It is completely embedded in the slope and covered with a stone wall, which smoothly connects to the other walls criss-crossing the site along the contour lines. You could say this is a horizontal element typical of the area.

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

The aesthetic concept of the structure is based on the contrast between the horizontal walls and the verticality embodied by the wooden Beacon structure. The stone was mined directly on the excavation site, the wood originates from the Jizera Mountains (Douglas fir for framework, oak for stairs).
Visitors enter the museum (made in co- operation with the real Cimrman gang) via a hole in the stone wall and continue up the spiral staircase, rising from the very centre of the museum, to the viewing platform of the beacon 18 m high up. The top of the beacon is fitted with the typical attributes such as a gallery, a mast, a flagstaff, and segmented glazing. It contains a panorama board with descriptions of the views.

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Radka Ciglerova

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

Image Courtesy © Martin Rajniš

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