Observatorium's design of the sculpture GENOTHEK in München won the Overall Jury Prize for the entry with the best contribution to Aluminium for Future Generations.
The design was developed in partnership with Gové BV in Nootdorp, Holland. The aluminium supplier is BOAL- Extrusion & Alumet - Anodizing. The Award was handed out on 7 October at the Award Gala during the International World Trade Fair ALUMINIUM 2014, which was held from 7 to 9 October at Messe Düsseldorf in Germany. The independent International Jury was headed by Prof. Laurens Katgerman of Delft Technical University, with Vito Oražem, Managing Director of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, as vice chair. Concept To describe the human genome you need 6000 books of each 1000 pages. The public artwork Genothek is a spirally shaped composition of nearly fourty extruded aluminium bookcases in different shades of grey and ochre. It is the library for 1 genome in front of the department of molecular biology of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, whichs opens in 2015. As the lower shelves can be used for sitting, the library can serve as an outdoor place for meetings and recreation on the campus. See: http://www.aluminium-award.eu/2014/news/winners-of-the-european-aluminium-award-2014