Genothek – MÜNCHEN, Germany
In front of the new Biomedical Centre of the Maximilian University on the HighTechCampus, Planegg-Martinsried in Munich a new sculpture is installed by the artist group Observatorium. The title of the artwork is Genothek and it symbolises the library that could store all the 6000 books of 1000 pages each and 1000 words on each page, that would be needed to write down the genetic code of one human being.
The entire artwork is made out of aluminium, and makes use of all the different qualities of the material in an innovative way. In close collaboration with manufacturer Gové B.V. (www.gove.nl) and engineering by vdVelde Consultancy, a new extrusion profile has been developed that is symmetrical and can be combined with itself, resulting in a big profile with an almost invisible connection. Before assembly, all the components were anodised using 4 different colours in analogy with the DNA, giving the sculpture a lively character. The bookcases are so designed that in the end all the connections are invisible, resulting in a minimalistic appearance.
The Genothek won the European Aluminium Award 2014 in the category: Overall Jury Prize. www.aluminium-award.eu
From the Jury: 'Genothek deserves the Overall Jury Prize because of its architectural design and the way specially extruded aluminium profiles are used. A real structural application being a landmark in Aluminium for Future Generations.