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CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, Sydney, Australia
Organiser: LAVA
CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade Sydney
image from LAVA

Chris Bosse is one of twelve Australian designers exhibiting in CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, 6 July 1 September 2013 and then travelling Australia-wide.

The Square 3 Buildings, near Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany
Architects: LAVA + Moritz Gruppe
Square 3 Towers Berlin
image from architects

The Square 3 Buildings – 28 Feb 2013
Three towers of gold, silver, and bronze and three diagonally shaped city blocks make up THE:SQUARE³, a new mixed use development inspired by sport that revitalises a unique urban quarter in Berlin. The project is just nine minutes from Alexanderplatz, the very heart of the city, and located near Europe’s largest urban nature reserve and a sports hot spot.

Abandoned cabaret theatre discovered in Berlin, Germany
Design: LAVA
Gartenstraße Berlin Mitte
picture from LAVA
Gartenstraße Berlin Mitte – 22 Nov 2012
An old cabaret theatre from the roaring ’20s has been uncovered in the heart of Berlin. The semi-derelict music hall theatre, built in 1905 on Gartenstraße in Berlin Mitte, has been buried in 30 tonnes of rubble since 1934 when it closed, perhaps as part of a crackdown on the cabaret scene by the Nazi regime.
Surrounded by apartment buildings and only a few metres from the well-known city baths in trendy Mitte, the music hall theatre was found by accident by Dirk Moritz, founder of the Moritz Gruppe, Berlin. He stumbled upon the abandoned threestorey building located behind a courtyard in the former communist east of the city.

Recent LAVA Designs

Martian Embassy, Sydney Story Factory, Australia
24 Jul 2012 – And they’ve set up their very own embassy in Sydney!

Martian Embassy Martian Embassy Sydney Martian Embassy Sydney Story Factory Sydney Martian Embassy
pictures : Brett Boardman

The new embassy was designed by LAVA, with partners Will O’Rourke and The Glue Society, as a fusion of a whale, a rocket and a time tunnel, an immersive space of oscillating plywood ribs brought to life by red planet light and sound projections. The plywood ribs create shelves, seats, benches, storage, counters and displays and continue as strips on the floor, forming space, structure and ornament at the same time.
LAVA’s design for the Martian Embassy is for The Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people in Sydney.

Sydney Martian Embassy Sydney Martian Embassy
photos : Peter Murphy

It’s the stuff great stories are made of – think of Moby Dick, H. G. Wells’ Time Machine and 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick.

Addis Ababa Stadium, Ethiopia, Africa
Design: LAVA with JDAW
Addis Ababa Stadium Building
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African Stadium Building – 19 Jun 2012
New national stadium building will have a new FIFA and Olympic-standard 60,000 seat stadium in Addis Ababa thanks to a competition winning design combining local identity with new technology. LAVA [Laboratory for Visionary Architecture] and Designsport collaborated with local Ethiopian firm JDAW to win the international architecture competition for a national stadium and sports village.

Green Climate Fund Headquarters, Bonn, Germany
Design: LAVA
Green Climate Fund Building
image : MIR
Green Climate Fund Headquarters Building – 21 May 2012
The Federal Republic of Germany chose the multinational firm Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA] as the designers for their bid to host the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund [GCF] in Bonn. LAVA’s design for the headquarters of the GCF is ‘an ecological model project’ and demonstrates their motto: ‘green is the new black’.

17 Apr 2012 Lexus Hybrid Art 2012 project

Chris Bosse heads off to Moscow today to be the launch event speaker at the Lexus Hybrid Art 2012 project on 19 April at 8pm.

Chris Bosse architect:
Chris Bosse
image : LAVA

This series of lectures, over several months, by leading minds in the hybrid world is part of an innovative project that also includes international exhibitions of hybrid art.

Untitled from Lexus Hybrid Art on Vimeo

25 Jan 2012
Classroom of the Future
LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)

Future Classroom Classroom of the Future Classroom of the Future design
images : LAVA

Cheap, dull, unattractive and unpleasant spaces – that’s the reputation of school ‘relocatables’.

They’re the decades old, utilitarian solution to changing school demographics, remote community needs and disasters such as fires, floods and cyclones.

But a new plan by the Laboratory For Visionary Architecture [LAVA] turns these unpleasant spaces into smart buildings, the design an education in itself. In sustainability, social interaction, nature and adaptive technology. Chris Bosse, Asia Pacific director of LAVA says: ‘we wanted to turn this idea upside down and create spaces that are sustainable, practical, costeffective whilst fun and exciting to be in’.

The sustainable design includes a modular façade system that is manually operable, flexible for light and shade, enclosed space or open space, bringing the outside in or the inside out. Using eco-materials it is low cost, low carbon, with off-site prefabrication allowing responsive assembly, with small lightweight, easily transportable modular elements.

Classroom of the Future Classroom of the Future design Future Classroom
images : LAVA

This cellular ‘space for learning’ strengthens the connection between mankind, nature and technology. ‘Three-axis’ geometry allows the interlocking of each module to form large groups with smaller learning clusters. This results in the building itself learning how to adapt to future methods of learning and future modes of operation.

The future classroom adapts to multiple sites, unusual configurations and different climates and topographies through a simple telescopic system of posts integrating the classroom into the landscape.

The concept received a commendation in the Australian Future Proofing School competition to future proof relocatable learning spaces. The aim of the ideas competition was to produce effective spaces for 21st century learning that are sustainable, integrate with the landscape and connect with the school environment, suitable for prefabrication and mass customisation.

11 Nov 2011
Berchtesgaden Youth Hostel, Germany
LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)
Berchtesgaden Youth Hostel Haus Untersberg
photo : Robert Pupeter

LAVA : latest design

LAVA’s reinterpretation of an existing youth hostel has resulted in a completely new type of space. The transformation of the youth hostel is underway. The design is all about the individuality of spaces – LAVA achieved this by the clever reorganisation of the existing volume resulting in different types of bedrooms.

1 Sep 2011
Origami Shelter, Sydney, Australia
LAVA Origami Shelter
image : LAVA
LAVA design : Origami Shelter

Disaster strikes. How can architects help quickly, efficiently, sustainably and sensitively? The solution by LAVA is an origami cave. It features in a new exhibition in Sydney. The Digital Origami Emergency Shelter is a concept by LAVA for an inhabited molecule. The design is based on a water-molecule, referencing the Japanese Metabolist movement`s idea of prefabricated capsules as living space.

23 Mar 2011
Home of the Future, Beijing, China
Home of the Future
picture : Doug and Wolf
Home of the Future

23 Dec 2010

Origami Tigers

Sydney’s Digital Origami Tigers to Tour USA Two giant Digital Origami Tigers from Australia are on a USA tour as part of G’Day USA.

The Digital Origami Tigers will be centre stage at the San Francisco Zoo from 17 Jan to 12 Feb 2011. They will then charge off to Dallas, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

The big cats have been on a World Wildlife Fund [WWF] global tour to raise awareness about the endangered status of tigers. Less than 3200 tigers remain in the wild.

24 Nov 2010
LAVA’s Digital Origami, la Rinascente, Milan

Chris Bosse of Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA] has created a window installation for the famous Italian department store la Rinascente for its Contemporary Christmas Art windows.

LAVA’s window installation is an origami coral reef using 1500 recycled and recyclable cardboard molecules that explores the intelligence of natural and architectural systems.

Digital Origami la Rinascente Milan Digital Origami la Rinascente Digital Origami Milan
images : LAVA

The sculpture plays with space by climbing up walls and arching over to create coral caves. Based on the geometrical structures of sea foam and corals, the colourful reef comes to life through dynamic lighting and sound.

Bosse, director of multinational LAVA, is one of seven designers from around the world to be commissioned to create a window – others are Kirsten Hassenfeld, Gyngy Laky, Andrea Mastrovito, Satsuki Oishi, Richard Sweeney, Margherita Marchioni and Tjep.

The store windows are at la Rinascente’s Piazza Duomo store, in the centre of Milan, design capital of the world. This is the first time la Rinascente have commissioned artists to do Christmas windows.

The installation shows how a particular module, copied from nature, can generate architectural space, and how the intelligence of the smallest unit dictates the intelligence of the overall system.

Ecosystems such as coral reefs act as a metaphor for an architecture where the individual components interact in symbiosis to create an environment.

Bosse says: “In urban terms, the smallest homes, the spaces they create, the energy they use, the heat and moisture they absorb, multiply into a bigger organisational system, whose sustainabilty depends on their intelligence”.

Current trends in parametric modeling, digital fabrication and material-science were applied to the space-filling installation.

Origami Tigers, Berlin, Germany
Customs House origami tigers
image : LAVA

Myer Department Store, Sydney, Australia
Myer Department Store Sydney
image : Rocket Mattler

RAIA Bar – Designex 2009 Melbourne, Australia
RAIA Bar Designex Melbourne
image : LAVA

LAVA Architecture Exhibition

re-LAVA ed : Geometries beyond the blob
31 Jul – 10 Oct 2010
Powerhouse Museum Exhibition, Sydney, Australia

Key Projects by LAVA

Featured Buildings by LAVA, alphabetical:

Customs House origami tigers, Sydney, Australia
Jan 2010
Customs House origami tigers
image : LAVA
Customs House origami tigers

Customs House Sydney Installation : Green Void, Sydney, Australia
Jan 2009
Green Void
photo : Peter Murphy
A spectacular architectural installation of green Lycra inspired by the geometries of plants, spider webs and soap bubbles has taken over five levels of the central atrium of Customs House Sydney, Australia.

Future Hotel, Duisburg, Germany
Future Hotel
photo © gee-ly
Future Hotel

Masdar Design Competition, UAE : LAVA win
Masdar Centre Design
image : LAVA
Masdar Design Contest

Michael Schumacher Tower, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Michael Schumacher Tower Abu Dhabi
image : LAVA
“The Tower marks a departure from traditional architectural thinking”, state the architects Chris Bosse and Tobias Wallisser.
Michael Schumacher Tower : the first in a series of seven towers to be built worldwide

MTV Design Stage – Australian Music Awards 2009, Sydney, Australia
MTV Awards Sydney
image : LAVA
MTV Awards Stage Sydney

Plastic house, Blue Mountains, Australia
Plastic house Blue Mountains
image : LAVA
Plastic house

UTS Tower Skin, Sydney, Australia
UTS Broadway Tower Skin
image : LAVA
UTS Tower Skin – University of Technology Broadway Tower

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LAVA Practice Information

LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) – architects

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Architecture: LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture), Stuttgart | Sydney with Wenzel+Wenzel, Abu Dhabi

Studio Addresses:

LAVA Europe Heilbronner Strasse 7 70191 Stuttgart

LAVA Asia Pacific 72 Campbell Street Surry Hills 2010 Sydney

Australian Architects

Michael Schumacher Tower Abu Dhabi
image : LAVA

Laboratory for Visionary Architecture – Background to the Studio

LAVA was founded by Chris Bosse and Tobias Wallisser in 2007. During its first year, the office has completed a wide range of projects in Germany, Australia and the U.A.E. Chris Bosse is the director of LAVA Asia Pacific, based in Sydney, Australia. Chris is Adjunct Professor and Innovation fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney and lectures worldwide. Educated in Germany and Switzerland, Chris worked with several high-profile European Architects before moving to Sydney. For a number of years Chris was Associate Architect at PTW Architects in Sydney, completing many projects in China, Vietnam, the Middle-East and Japan. Chris’s work on the Watercube swimming center in Beijing received the prestigious Atmosphere Award at the 9th Annual Venice Biennale and Chris was recently recognized as an emerging architect on the world stage by the RIBA London.

Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck are the directors of LAVA Europe and are based in Stuttgart, Germany. Tobias is Professor of Innovative Construction and Spatial concepts at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart. After studying architecture in Berlin, Stuttgart and New York, Tobias worked in the United States, Netherlands and Germany. For 10 years Tobias was Associate Architect at UNStudio in Amsterdam, completing a series of high profile projects and master plans including the World Trade Center project in New York and the Arnhem Interchange. Tobias was instrumental in the emergence of the recent Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Museum which has attracted worldwide attention for its innovative spatial concept. Alexander works as a senior researcher at the renowned Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart. He studied architecture in Stuttgart and Phoenix and worked for a number of high-profile architects in Germany before joining the field of research. He started his research career in the Virtual Reality environment. Alexander has led many of the Office 21 research projects that produced groundbreaking work in the field of future office organisation. He is a renowned expert on innovations in the fields of office, hotel, living and future construction, and an author of many publications about working environments and building processes of the future.

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Australian Architecture

Moet Chandon Marquee, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia
Chris Bosse [associate architect at PTW] / Amanda Henderson [Gloss Creative]
Flemington Racecourse
picture from architect

Moet Marquee

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