LAVA`s Chris Bosse has sliced up the 1967 Panton chair as part of the Re-loved: designer stories at the Powerhouse Museum 31 July – 30 September.
Bosse is one of several designers commissioned by the Powerhouse to use a pre-loved chair to tell a story about a piece of furniture they love.
“We’ve chosen to represent this shape as slices, similar to an MRI scan in order to make visible its complex 3dimensional geometry. The chair is metaphorically and physically carved out of a sliced box, ” says Bosse.
“The project retro-digitises the chair design, although it was the chair that preceded the digital design revolution.” Bosse believes that today we understand better how to derive form from geometry, such as the underlying geometries in nature, and can incorporate buildability into the form from the inception through parametric modeling techniques.
Re-loved is on display at the Powerhouse Museum from 31 July – 30 September 2010 during the Sydney Design Festival.
23 November 2011
Der WECHSELRAUM präsentiert in der Ausstellung „Tomorrow never dies“ das Büro L A V A – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture – das 2007 von Chris Bosse, Alexander Rieck und Tobias Wallisser gegründet wurde. Die drei Grenzgänger arbeiten nicht nur auf drei Kontinenten, sondern auch zwischen Traum und Wirklichkeit. So entwickeln sie visionäre Kombinationen aus Hightech und Natur und finden spektakuläre und doch oft einfache Lösungen für ein humanes urban design. Was gestern Zukunft war ist heute schon real. Und wieder gibt es ein neues Morgen…
WECHSELRAUM Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA
Zeppelin carré (Innenhof), Friedrichstrasse 5
Vernissage 01 Dez, 19 Uhr
Begrüssung: Dieter Ben Kauffmann, Freier Architekt BDA
Vortrag: Tomorrow never dies, L A V A
Finissage 25 Jan 2012, 19 Uhr
L A V A live Moderation: Amber Sayah
Öffnungszeiten: Di–Fr 10–13 und 15–18 Uhr
geschlossen vom 23 Dez 2011 – 09 Jan 2012
zusätzlich geöffnet Sa/So 11–17 Uhr
14/15 + 21/22 + 28/29 Jan 2012
15 May 2012
The 'Tomorrow Never Dies' catalogue is now available from Amazon. This hardcover 130 page book accompanied an exhibition of LAVA projects at the Wechselraum Gallery in Stuttgart, Germany. Lots of colour images and plans give an insight into a variety of current projects by LAVA.
In his introduction Dieter Ben Kauffmann describes the LAVA work process:
'With effervescent motivation, the team embarks on new discoveries in constant flow – always using the heat to trigger a dynamic process. Today we plan for the future – because tomorrow never dies.'
Publisher: Avedition Gmbh 2012
Language: English and German
4 September 2012
LAVA is one of 30 international firms on show at the Global Design NYU in London frrom 20 September - 19 October as part of the London Design Festival.
Global Design NYU is a five-city exhibition and speaker series entitled Elsewhere Envisioned that brings together leading architects, landscape architects, designers, urbanists, historians, and scientists to forge new links to address global climate concerns and to reformat architectural education. 'The GLOBAL [Global Local Open Border Architecture and Landscape] design initiative seeks Global yet still Local design that can Open the sociopolitical Borders that all too often separate Architecture from its Landscape.'
The GDNYU is a partnership of New York University and Gallatin School with New London Architecture at The Building Centre on Store Street, London and is part of a multi-year project hosted by NYU campuses at New York, London, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi.
12 November 2012
LAVA was amongst 100 practices from 27 countries in KIA’s “100 Architects of the year 2012” Exhibition. 30,000 visitors attended the 5-day exhibition in October in Seoul with another viewing planned for Seoul in January 2013. Other international practices showcased included UNStudio, Zaha Hadid Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox(kpf), Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
17 June 2013
'.. chosen as one of the 100 architects of the year..'
LAVA received this certificate from the Korean Institute of Architects in conjunction with the "100 Architects of the year" 2012 International Exhibition held in Seoul last year.
9 JULY 2013
CLOUD CITY, CUSP, CASULA
LAVA director Chris Bosse's CLOUD CITY is in the CUSP EXHIBITION at CASULA POWERHOUSE, SYDNEY until 1 September 2013
CUSP: an exhibition exploring the potential of design in our lives features 12 Australian designers who 'generate ideas that could change the way we inhabit the world.'
AUSTRALIA-WIDE TOUR 2013-15: Sydney, Launceston, Adelaide, Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Brisbane and Mornington Peninsula
Hear Chris Bosse talk about the project: INTERVIEW
4 SEPTEMBER 2013
LAVA's Reskin UTS tower model has been added to the Powerhouse Museum's permanent architecture collection in Sydney, alongside models by Harry Seidler and Glenn Murcutt.
The model was exhibited at the 'STATE. RESPOND. Exploring Sustainable Design' at Object Gallery in 2011.
The award winning ‘Tower Skin’ is a simple, cost effective and easily constructed building skin that the transforms identity, sustainability and interior comfort of tired icons, re-purposing inefficient buildings. More details: TOWER SKIN
9 December 2013
Our Digital Origami Tigers are on display at the Amsterdam Light Festival until 19 January.
The globetrotting tigers have travelled from Sydney to KL to Berlin to Singapore to San Francisco, and now back to Europe!
The Amsterdam Light Festival is a winter festival lighitng up the historic centre of Amsterdam in the darkest months of the year.
More info on the tigers: Tigers
9 December 2014
It’s a long way from vision to reality. LAVA showcases that journey in a new exhibition "visionAreality" featuring its major German and global projects at the renowned Architektur Galerie in Munich.
The projects featured are in varied states of construction giving visitors an opportunity to experience LAVA’s vision for the world of the future, a world where the interface between man, nature and technology is merged.
The exhibition showcases LAVA’s latest projects ranging from a research campus in Saudi Arabia, innovative small scale projects in Australia and Germany, facade prototypes for high-rises in China, to a new generation of hostels in Germany. The show runs parallel to the BAU fair in January 2015.
15th January 2015 - 14th February 2015
Architektur Galerie, Munich
27 May 2014
If you’re in Venice for the Biennale in June why not pop into the “Alpitecture Meets Biennale – Topographic Structures” exhibition at the Palazzo Bollani to see LAVA’s installation?
Inspired by "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving, LAVA's creative solutions are featured in a ‘spatial hollow’ made of cardboard boxes, a layered, topographic structure with information at various scales.
Three mirrored canyons feature images, geometric patterns based on nature’s systems, mirrors and cardboard that can be choreographed by the viewer. Every move creates a new visual perception fusing contextual relationships and dynamic conditions - a trademark of LAVA’s projects.
Featured inside the hollow are some of LAVA’s key green projects: a research and innovation campus for KACST in Riyadh, the mixed-use development THE:SQUARE in Berlin, Bonn’s Green Climate Fund and the Jeju Island resort in Korea.
LAVA is one of 11 internationally renowned architectural firms featured in the exhibition, which also includes Hadid, GRAFT and BLAURAUM ARCHITEKTEN.
Alpitecture Meets Biennale, 04 - 08 June 2014, PALAZZO Bollani - CASTELLO 3647, VENICE, near the Arsenale.
3 FEBRUARY 2015
LAVA's strong vision is todays reality according to this great review in the Süddeutsche.
And Baumeister has also done a great review: Baumeister
The exhibtion is on until 14th February 2015 at the Architektur Galerie, Munich
7 September 2015
Soap bubbles, champagne bubbles, water bubbles. Who doesn’t love bubbles?
LAVA is excited to be part of BEAMS Festival in Chippendale with a bubble installation on Saturday 19 September 2015.
‘BEAMS Bubbles’ will fill up a terrace house, stairwells and a new office block in the Kensington Lane precinct. Made from inflated latex, the installation fills hundreds of cubic metres of space, is air supported and uses only 1 kg of material – its highly efficient, creating a big impact with limited means. MORE WITH LESS – something LAVA is passionate about.
More than mere form, the bubbles are activated by coloured LED lights, the installation is animated with a dramatic play of light, reflections with refractions in the full colour spectrum, just like the rainbow light on soap bubbles.
30 March 2016
LAVA had a great week at MIPIM in Cannes.
14 March 2017
LAVA is at the German Pavilion at MIPIM again this year.
MIPIM is on 14–17 March 2017 at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France.
18 June 2018
Tobias Wallisser presented LAVA's EZS project at the IBA (International Building Exhibition) in Heidelberg. IBA celebrates projects that move from planning to building stages with an exhibition and special events. https://iba.heidelberg.de/english/
Photos Thilo Ross LAVA's Kindergar
17 MARCH 2019
Alexander Rieck at MIPIM 2019 talking the Modern Working Environment – Open Space and Co-Working at the German Pavilion with Dr. C. Bergmann from Hadi Teherani, Jessica Borchardt from BAID, and J. Zschornack from Koch + Partner Architekten und Stadtplaner mbB.
6 NOVEMBER 2019
Great night at our exhibition "Nature Meets Technology" opening!
Come and see it yourself - on show at Architektur Galerie Berlin until 14 December 2019.
Photos by Tilman Budde
1 February 2020
LAVA was thrilled to be part of the “Public Architecture - Future for Europe” at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture
1 AUGUST 2020
Tobias Wallisser is one of the team of curators for Raumwelten Congress November 2020. Raumwelten examines the interfaces between scenography, architecture and media. Visionary architecture meets with brand communication, digital media with live communication, exhibition and museum design.
Co curators are Jean-Louis Vidière, Janina Poesch, Sabine Marinescu and Charlotte Tamschick.
8 March 2022
LAVA will once again be at MIPIM "Driving Urban Change" held in Cannes, France from 15-18 March.
25 May 2023
LAVA has a virtual pavilion in Cityx Venice at the Venice Architecture Biennale - a virtual exhibition of new and recent work connecting research, design and practice by leading architects and designers from around the world.
Exhibition runs until November 26th.
The virtual LAVA pavilion on CityX:
30 June 2023
LAVA is currently participating in a temporary virtual exhibition "Metrotopia Metaverse" with its "Contract of Fiction Gallery".
Metrotopia, a collaboration between Zaha Hadid Architects and ArchAgenda, is a virtual exhibition at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale. The display immerses visitors in a digital realm where they can explore and engage with contemporary architectural designs.
‘We invited leading firms to feature their most future-oriented work inside Metrotopia. Some of us noted that recent Biennales diverged from presenting the major architectural designs of our time. Our idea therefore is to foreground architecture’s actual contribution to urban development, in its most advanced incarnations,’ described Zaha Hadid Architects principal Patrik Schumacher in a story on Designboom: https://lnkd.in/gEEip9Hp
1 September 2023
LAVA's Reloved Panton chair is on show at a new exhibition '1001 Remarkable Objects' at the Powerhouse Sydney. Also on show nearby - Marc Newson’s Lockheed lounge, Zaha Hadid shoes and Philip Starck lemon squeezer!
LAVA was one of several designers commissioned by the Powerhouse in 2010 to use a chair to tell a story about a loved piece of furniture. LAVA sliced up the 1967 Panton chair - it anticipated the digital revolution by 30 years and was the first freeform, organic moulded piece of furniture. LAVA represented this shape as slices, similar to an MRI scan, in order to make visible its complex three-dimensional geometry. The chair is metaphorically and physically carved out of a sliced box.
Read about LAVA's chair here: READ MORE
Read about the exhibition: READ MORE
3 October 2011
LAVA’s digital origami emergency shelter is at Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle during the 2011 Sydney Architecture Festival
(www.sydneyarchitecturefestival.org ) from 20th-30th October.
23 January 2012
Invitation to Vernissage "LAVA LIVE" with Amber Sayah, facilitation, on 01/25/2012 by 19 clock in the room in the Association of German Architects BDA, Zeppelin Carré (courtyard),our exhibition "TOMORROW NEVER DIES", which was extended up to 13.02.2012.
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16 October 2012
LAVA is one of several international firms in the 100 ARCHITECTS OF THE YEAR Exhibition in Seoul, from 18 ~ 23 October @ EXPO Civic Park, Daejeon, South Korea.
The Korean Institute of Architects is responsible for staging the international exhibition as part of the annual Korean Festival of Architecture.
28 May 2013
Chris Bosse has designed a ‘chocolate’ lounge for Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum ‘Eat the Collection’ event.
‘Eat the Collection’ explores the interaction of design, food and technology - in chocolate. Bosse and nine other designers were commissioned to re-mix a favourite Museum object. Their designs will be printed in chocolate using a 3-D printer, with the edible designs on show at the ‘eat-in’ on 30 May 2013.
Bosse’s Chocolate Coral Lounge is inspired by the museum’s contemporary furniture collection, in particular Marc Newson’s 1988 Lockheed Lounge, and its coral artefacts.
Bosse will speak at the sold out event.
17 June 2013
Chris Bosse is one of 12 Australian designers exhibiting in CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, 6 July - 1 September 2013.
Bosse’s Cloud City: An urban ecosystem is a sculptural metaphor for the future city - a soaring stretched membrane-cloud anchored to the ‘city’ on the gallery floor by high-rise towers that have been re-skinned and revitalised.
More info and watch an interview with Bosse about his vision: CUSP
2 JULY 2013
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.
Exploring the potential of design in our lives, Object Gallery's CUSP designers 'generate ideas that could change the way we inhabit the world’.
Cloud City: An urban ecosystem is a sculptural rendition of Bosse’s vision of a future city - a soaring, stretched membrane-cloud anchored to the ‘city’ on the gallery floor by high-rise towers that have been re-skinned and revitalised.
‘The future is not about what buildings look like, but how they perform, interact and how they connect with each other. Think of a coral reef, where thousands of species thrive in coexistence of each other and the elements, air, water and sun. The reef is like the city of the future.’
‘Our installation asks: can cities of the future be organisms that respond and adapt to their environment?’
The networked city is a connected, inter-dependent organism where buildings are not singular structural entities (designed, serviced and accessed as isolated units), but part of large networked system.
An distributed cloud communicates, shares smart building technology and joint infrastructure, connectivity and data transfer allowing transport, housing and urban infrastructure to adapt in response.
Bosse replaces outdated passive building facades of the skyscraper with high-performance smart translucent cocoons that create their own microclimate, generate energy, collect rainwater and improve the distribution of natural daylight. By re-skinning these inefficient buildings the past is transformed into ‘super-abled’ buildings.
Following the Casula showing the CUSP exhibition visits Launceston, Adelaide, Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Brisbane and Mornington Peninsula from 2013-2015.
More information: cusp
Hear Chris Bosse talk about the project: http://vimeo.com/68353142#at=0
22 OCTOBER 2013
LAVA'S 'Tower Skin', the proposed reskinning of the UTS Tower in Sydney, has been chosen as one of 11 'contemporary unbuilt projects' for the Australian virtual pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.
It engages with the broader Venice Biennale theme of national identity and modernity.
Chris Bosse, director of LAVA and Adjunct Professor of UTS, said: “The UTS tower highlights how national characteristics were erased in favour of a single modern language in the 1960s. But where national identity is erased in the tower, ‘Tower Skin’ brings it back.”
LAVA’s solution to revitalising the generic style 1960s modernist building was to reskin it with a lightweight membrane envelope.
Surface tension allows a high tech membrane to freely stretch around the existing building, referencing the Sydney Opera House sails, nature, the harbour and all that is Sydney.
“It addresses the timescales of fashion and technology versus building life spans, whilst incorporating 21st century technologies with local identity to achieve maximum visual impact with minimal material effort,” added Bosse.
21 unrealised Australian projects will be brought to life through three-dimensional augmented models, images, voiceovers and animations in the virtual exhibition ‘Augmented Australia 1914-2014’.
More details: AUSTRALIAN PAVILION
12 December 2013
LAVA's Shenzhen Jungle Plaza and Masdar city centre feature in a new exhibition 'Think Ahead' at Scienceworks in Melbourne.
The Museum Victoria's interactive exhibition introduces young audiences to 'new ideas and concepts that encourage them to imagine the future'.
Past, present and forecasted representations of the future are explored through ten themes. One of these is ‘Cities’, with images of futuristic cities projected onto the exhibition wall.
9 May 2014
LAVA goes to Venice
LAVA's creative solutions for the alpine environment are featured at the Palazzo Bollani during this years Venice Architecture Biennale.
LAVA is one of 11 internationally renowned architectural firms featured in the Alpitecture Meets Biennale – Topographic Structures exhibition. Participants have all previously been involved in Alpitecture and include Hadid, GRAFT and BLAURAUM ARCHITEKTEN.
Alpitecture, an architecture platform to connect creative people to discuss Alps, technology and architecture, proposes new methods and models for living and working, plus future-orientated technologies for this extreme living space. “Looking at things from different angles generates unusual ideas.”
Alpitecture Meets Biennale, 04 - 08 June 2014, PALAZZO Bollani - CASTELLO 3647, VENICE, near the Arsenale.
And LAVA's solution for revitalising old buildings with a new skin 'Tower Skin' is one of 11 unbuilt projects on display at the virtual Australian Pavilion. MORE INFO
Whilst in Venice all three LAVA directors will meet for their annual Summit.
12 January 2015
VISIONAREALITY opens on 20h January 2015 - 14th February 2015
Architektur Galerie, Munich
4 FEBRUARY 2015
“RING FREI!” - AN ARCHITECTURAL DISCUSSION ABOUT HOSTELS AT ARCHITEKTURGALERIE MUNICH
GRAFT vs. AUER+WEBER vs. LAVA
As part of the exhibition "LAVA - VISIONAREALITY", the 3rd round of Architekturgalerie’s format “RING FREI!” will take place on Tuesday 10 February at 7 pm.
Wolfram Putz, Achim Söding, and LAVA Partners, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck, Chris Bosse, will question each other in regard to their hostel projects. "A verbal slugfest - bluntly and directly!"
Wolfram Putz, GRAFT, Hostel Munich
Achim Söding, AUER+WEBER, CAN in Stuttgart Bad-Cannstatt
LAVA Partners, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck, Chris Bosse, Hostel Bayreuth
REFEREE: Nicola Borgmann, Architekturgalerie München
LOCATION: Architekturgalerie München e.V., Türkenstr. 30, 80333 München
9 March 2016
LAVA will be on display at the German Pavilion at MIPIM, Cannes 15-18 March - the world’s biggest real estate fair. We're one of 26 German offices presenting.
State Secretary Adler will inaugurate the German Pavilion.
2 November 2016
LAVA has designed the recently opened digital technologies exhibition “Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital” which runs at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney until June 2017.
The immersive space is a trajectory through the history of digital manufacturing, featuring works by more than 60 artists, designers and architects from around the world, including Zaha Hadid, Iris van Herpen and Ron Arad.
20 April 2018
LAVA is on show at the NAX-Exhibition "CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE. MADE IN GERMANY" at the Tianjin International Design Week in Tianjin/China. Over 100 projects from 34 other leading German architects and planners are also on show from May 11th -16th 2018.
15 February 2019
LAVA will be at MIPIM in March.
25 October 2019
How can nature and technology co-exist?
That’s the theme of a new exhibition Nature Meets Technology featuring LAVA's projects currently under construction in Germany at Architektur Galerie Berlin from 1 November — 14 December 2019.
The exhibition shows how LAVA projects apply inspiration from nature and clues from technology to create unique architectural projects. Such as an energy storage centre in Heidelberg, transforming the infrastructure project into a new landmark. Terminal T3 at Frankfurt Airport, the ceiling of the passage reacts to the flow of visitors’ movements, controls light, and creates recreational areas. And the German Pavilion at EXPO 2020 in Dubai includes an adaptive facade that opens or closes the interior depending on weather conditions, thereby minimising energy consumption.
Opening 31 October @ 7 pm
And on 12 December @7 pm Georg Vrachliotis + Chris Bosse / Alexander Rieck / Tobias Wallisser will discuss “Natur und Technologie”.
21 January 2020
Tobias Wallisser will speak at a Europe of the Future Symposium on January 31st in a panel on “Landscape in movement, Current and future connections between Nature and Architecture”. The moderator will be Renato Turri, World-Architects (CHE) and other panel speakers include Sixten Rahlff (3RW Arkitekter, NOR), Hans-Petter Bjørnådal (Bjørnådal Arkitektstudio, NOR) and Christoph Hesse (Christoph Hesse Architects, DEU).
The symposium is organsied by the European Cultural Centre (Russia and Italy) in conjunction with the exhibition “Public Architecture - Future of Europe” at the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow (31st January -10th May 2020). The exhibition presents realised/unrealised projects for the future of public architecture in Europe and LAVA is one of 40 architect firms featured.
More info and full program: https://ecc-russia.eu/press/press
6 June 2020
Visitors interact with our Life Hamburg project on display at the exhibition "Public Architecture – Future for Europe" in Moscow earlier this year.
Life Hamburg features a variety of educational spaces for people of all ages in the German city of Hamburg.
LAVA joined forces with Cityplot, an urban agricultural collective, to design a project that combines spaces with different functions, from platforms for applied learning to secluded places for reflection.
Photo credit: Sara Danieli, Zoltan Bodo
21 JANUARY 2022
Fantastic image of the Digital Origami Tigers at Battersea Powerstation's Light Festival in London!!
The Light Festival 13th January - 27th February 2022 features six spectacular installations on display in London’s riverside neighbourhood, and on the banks of the River Thames.
The tigers have toured the globe - starting in Sydney in 2010, then to Kuala Lumpur, Berlin, Singapore, San Francisco, Lausanne, Toronto and Amsterdam.
Image: Light Festival at Battersea Power Station | photographer @s_nappe_r
7 MARCH 2023
MIPIM-Fair in Cannes is about to start and LAVA will be there!
We look forward to showing you our latest projects at this major event.
26 May 2023
The concept for the German Pavilion Expo 2025 Osaka: an ensemble of cylindric buildings reflects on the motto “Mutually shaping a circular world”.
15 AUGUST 2023
Save the date - 21 - 24 September. Looking forward to showing you LAVA's reimagining of the future - a journey into the future of architecture at the 1st Metaverse Architecture Biennale.
LAVA is one of several design studios worldwide to showcase their innovative and creative projects for the Biennale. "Each participant stands at the forefront of the digital design avant-garde, shaping the future of architecture in the Metaverse". The virtual landscapes will explore the intersection of technology, art, and imagination - a realm where reality and digital innovation are blurred.
22 September 2023
Virtual worlds are freeing designers from physical limitations, rules and financial constraints. And transforming how we experience spaces.
LAVA’s exhibition at the Metaverse Architecture Biennale explores the potential of virtual worlds in reshaping real-world architecture.
Just as Kazimir Malevich's Suprematism discarded notions of "top," "bottom," "left," and "right," architects operating within the metaverse are uniquely positioned to return to the foundational elements of spatial design.
LAVA’s exhibition centres on crafting a space using a minimal surface to serve as both an internal-external boundary, a delineator of vast and intimate spaces, and a conduit for circulation. Simultaneously, this surface adopts a closed configuration, akin to a Möbius strip, enabling the continuous looping of space, enhancing its functionality, and introducing a novel dimension of quality.
Multiple levels within the structure are interconnected by a single surface, which, as it gracefully twists at its zenith, enables the utilisation of both sides, while seamlessly transforming the path into an endless curve.
LAVA Team: Benedikt Boschert, Christian Tschersich, Nikolai Zaitsev
More details: READ MORE