Czech architect CHK recreates greenhouse where science of genetics was born

Work has been completed on Mendel’s Greenhouse in Brno, Czechia; the founder of modern genetics conducted his experiments with varieties of pea flowers.

According to the designer, Czech architect Chybik + Kristof (CHK), the greenhouse is in “direct conversation” with Gregor Mendel’s 19th-century structure, located in St Augustin Abbey, which was destroyed by a storm in the 1870s.

As with the original, the greenhouse will be a “pavilion of genetics,” as well as providing a suitable commemoration of the monk’s birth in 1822.

The 21st-century greenhouse has the same ground plan as the original and echoes its orientation, shape, and distinctive roof. It has a complete glass structure and fully exposed side walls, inviting visitors to “connect with their heritage and discover the world of genetics.”
According to CHK, one novelty is the reimagined steel supporting structure for the roof, which draws inspiration from Mendel’s three laws of inheritance.


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