Master Thesis Project
Logium investigates the most revolutionary invention of humankind, the written language. The transcription of thoughts was the first medium able to overcome the natural generational boundary and pass on knowledge to future generations. Logium is in the sense of the ancient library of Alexandria an absolute library, an archive which concentrates a copy of every book ever written in one place. Far away in the Canadian Arctic, in a disused diamond mine, the Logium collects the knowledge of the world. An architecture created to endure time allows the visitor who takes the journey to immerse himself in the written consciousness of humanity. Independent of wars, political systems, economic crises and time, the Logium protects people’s knowledge, ultimately also from themselves.
The project is located in the Diavik Diamond mine in the northern territories of Canada. The open pit mine is an island in the lake Lac the Gras, situated above the polar cycle. This territory markes a unique place, an almost autonomous entity on planet earth.
The radial organization of the bookstacks mimics the tectonics of the man made surrounding. In its own way, the radial array looks and feels like a fingerprint of humankind.
The archive space consists of bookstacks grounded in the bottom of the pit and reaching to the top of the surface. All bookstacks are organized by robots. 129.864.880 unique books exist in the world according to Google. Altogether the Logium holds space for 195 millions books.
Since graduating I have been continuously working on this project. Logium got a exhibited in an art space in Bruneck and was featured on Behance in the Architecture Category.