Mendel's Greenhouse: A Genetic Haven in Brno

Brno, Czechia, now boasts a magnificent testament to the father of modern genetics, Gregor Mendel, as Mendel's Greenhouse reaches completion.
Mendel's Greenhouse
Mendel's GreenhouseImage Source - ArchDaily

Brno, Czechia, now boasts a magnificent testament to the father of modern genetics, Gregor Mendel, as Mendel's Greenhouse reaches completion. Designed by the visionary architect Chybik + Kristof (CHK), this greenhouse stands as a captivating "pavilion of genetics" in direct conversation with Mendel's original 19th-century structure, which once graced the grounds of St Augustin Abbey until a fateful storm dismantled its splendor in the 1870s.

In its modern iteration, Mendel's Greenhouse faithfully recreates the ground plan, orientation, shape, and distinctive roof of its predecessor. With a fully exposed glass structure and side walls, the greenhouse beckons visitors to connect with their heritage and embark on a journey into the captivating world of genetics.

One notable feature is the reimagined steel supporting structure for the roof, which pays homage to Mendel's three laws of inheritance. CHK describes it as follows: "The nodes and branches constituting the steel supportive framing are in direct dialogue with his laws, in particular, that of hereditary segregation. Laid bare by the transparency of the glass roof, the structure both embodies and exposes Mendel's contribution to science through an ultimate design solution."

Mendel's Greenhouse serves as more than a mere architectural marvel. It is destined to house an exhibition showcasing Mendel's groundbreaking work and will serve as a venue for cultural events such as conferences, lectures, and temporary exhibitions. The structure embodies a commitment to sustainability, utilizing cost-efficient and recyclable materials such as steel, along with low-carbon cooling and heating systems that employ concealed heat pumps, undersoil heating, and adjustable shades and blinds for natural cooling and ventilation.

Ondrej Chybik, co-founder of CHK, expresses the deeper significance of this transformation: "Although Mendel was stigmatised for his origin and faith by the political regimes of the past, our transformation immortalises and celebrates the abbot's substantial achievements to society as a reconciliation with the past ultimately cultivating a sense of belonging."

Mendel's Greenhouse stands as a living testament to the genius of Gregor Mendel, bridging the gap between history and genetics, and inviting visitors to delve into the fascinating world of heredity and scientific discovery. With its architectural brilliance and profound cultural significance, this genetic oasis in Brno is set to inspire generations to come.

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