1 DECEMBER 2019
Nice piece on LAVA's edcuational projects in local Sydney newspaper. Thinking utside the box on education the future generations with our projects ranging from creative learning centres to eco-kindis to a multigenerational campus.
15 November 2019
LAVA is one of the "best architecture firms in Germany you should know".
Thats according to Architectours, educational tours for architects, students and design professionals.
2 NOVEMBER 2019
Caves, waterholes and campfires. These are the diverse spaces for intergenerational learning in a new purpose-built campus in Hamburg, Germany.
LAVA joined forces with urban agricultural collective Cityplot to design LIFE Hamburg, a new figure eight-shaped building of three levels that is energy self-sufficient, and brings inside and outside together into one continuous landscape.
25 October 2019
Chris Bosse is speaking at a seminar on DISRUPTION AND THE FUTURE The Business of Architecture and Design Conference in November in Sydney. The inaugural event is all about looking to the future. Changes in technology, new business models and where investment is coming from and going to.
And was recently the key speaker at IDCON in Malaysia with a "lively presentation on the inspiration behind his best works and his perspectives about technology and design. In his presentation Bosse presented an inspiring series of cutting-edge typologies comprising hotels of the future, schools of the future, homes of the future and more."
22 August 2019
LAVA's Dream Lab is on the Shortlist for the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the Public Space category.
The IDEA awards celebrate Australian interior and product design across 13 categories and five Special Awards.
Winners announced at the IDEA Gala Party in November.
2 August 2019
LAVA, with partner ASPECT Studio, has won the international competition to design the 16 hectare Central Park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with construction due to start in 2020.
Gently elevated curving pedestrian walkways are patterned on 19th century railway tracks built by the French. Sunken gardens provide performance and play spaces and connect to an underground shopping area linking to the new metro station. Artificial trees provide shelter and harvest water and energy.
20 July 2019
Korea's ARCHIWORLD magazine has featured the German Pavilion Expo 2020 Dubai in its latest July issue in an eight page story.
7 July 2019
LAVA has won an International Architecture Award for ‘Technical and Research’ for its Urban Production 4.0.
The vision is for a modern productive working environment, the transformation with a design that embodies innovation, inspiration, precision and responsibility, made visible through its iconographic, sustainable architectural concept.
Urban design principles integrate city and workplace, which offers quality work-life and a flexibility for future developments within the city.
The masterplan acts as a network in which four atria are arranged around the inner avenue, which connects all public entrances to their respective zones.
It’s one of 120 projects recognised in the global awards organised by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.
20 June 2019
"What is exciting for architects is that they no longer see space as a static element, instead they perceive it as a dynamic system where they can influence people directly."
Alexander Rieck talks abut dynamism and .. bathrooms in this blog.
23 May 2019
LAVA with A24 Landschafts GmbH have won a competition for the Synergy Park Lühn in Lingen, a new trade and technology park to be built on ten hectares. LühnBau announced a two-phase international architecture competition seeking: Innovation; Synergy; and Work-life balance.
Preparations for the issuing of a building permit are underway together with the master plan. LAVA will start the building design in June.
27 APRIL 2019
Latest construction shot of the KACST headquarters. Its finished on the outide!
20 MARCH 2019
We're excited to be on the short list for the 16th annual Australian Interior Design Awards in the Public Design category. Our Dream Lab is one of 19 projects shortlisted.
5 MARCH 2019
LAVA's German Pavilion is featured in this story on CNN "Expo 2020 Dubai plans to bring sustainable architecture home".
Journalist Tom Page says: "as Dubai prepares for Expo 2020, national pavilion announcements show a revival of low-tech sustainability is underway."
20 February 2019
"STORE DESIGN: Experience-Based Retail" published by Images Publishing Group Shanghai Co., Ltd. features our Martian Embassy.
5 February 2019
Happy Lunar New Year 2019 to all our colleagues and clients - the year of the pig!
16 January 2019
Chris Bosse discusses the upcoming opportunities for 2019.
14 January 2019
Great progress on our Energy Storage Centre! Its reached about 1/2 of its total height and we're currently testing colour options.
image is the lower part, the future tank.
2 January 2019
LAVA's Youth Hostel has been selected as one of the Best on Archilovers 2018, upholding "high standards for aesthetics, functionality and creativity"!
It is one of the most 'loved' out of the 50,000 projects published last year.
5 December 2018
Janet Laurence’s "Inside the Flower Pavilion" with LAVA is the cover story in GREEN BUILDING #56 magazine published in December 2018.
GREEN BUILDING is a Taiwan-based printed architecture bimonthly focused on green building, green landscape and issues of the environment www.ta-mag.net/green
29 November 2018
Tobias Wallisser with the Raumwelten and students of architecture at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and the Stuttgart Technology University of Applied Sciences designed this temporary, pneumatic structure.
Photo: Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH / Daniel Fuchs
20 November 2018
LAVA was recently interviewed in md magazine on the Bayreuth youth hostel.
3 November 2018
Latest image from the Energy Tower under construction in Heidelberg!
8 October 2018
Tobias Wallisser will be speaking at Raumwelten 2018 – Platform for Scenography, Architecture and Media - from November 16 in Ludwigsburg.
In the architecture panel "Spatial Sense' curator Tobias Wallisser talks about the most fundamental task of architecture - the creation of spatial environments that have to be thought not only constructively, but also visually, acoustically, tactile or olfactorily. The focus is on different resources - from natural building materials through the creative appropriation of found building materials to the use of ephemeral elements such as light and fog to create recognisable spatial impressions.
24 September 2018
First site visit of the team for the Expo 2020 German Pavilion with the German Ambassador to the UAE, the General Commissioner, the directors of the pavilion and our planning partners.
15 September 2018
LAVA's Energy Storage Centre in Heidelberg is one of 100 winning projects from 31 nations in the 2018 International Architecture Awards.
The group of buildings and urban planning projects selected by the jury will be premiered at Contemporary Space Athens opening on 28 September and continuing through October, 2018. The exhibition is scheduled to travel in Europe through 2019.
14 August 2018
Our Story Factory Parramatta project is fast taking shape - our client imagining the future space via virtual reality glasses!
2 August 2018
LAVA' s new kindergarten is under construciton in Vinh Vietnam. Our partners are Module K.
EcoKid Kindergarten features an indoor-outdoor playful, safe and fun environment for the next generation of Vietnamese children. A 5,000 sqm series of buildings create indoor and outdoor spaces that are playful and safe while making an architectural statement. The buildings form three courtyards and playgrounds with a forest in between, with breezes from the adjacent lake adding to the natural experience. World-class interiors will educate, challenge and entertain children.
14 July 2018
Hamburg's "Office Inspiration" features inspiring office projects and ideas from the workplace environment.
The site featured our Philips Lighting headquarters.
4 July 2018
Its LAVA's 11th year anniversary today!
Back in the day with one of our first projects ..
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
4 June 2018
Tobias Wallisser is speaking at a symposium 'Shaping the Future – Frei Otto’s Cultural Legacy' which will examine the way key aspects of Otto's research, design, planning and construction processes will transform the future.
The symposium take splace on 25 June at Wilkhahn, Bad Münder, near Hanover
More info: https://blog.wilkhahn.com/die-zukunft-gestalten-frei-ottos-ideelles-erbe/
29 May 2018
Four page story on our Youth Hostel appears in Tasarim Magazine, Istanbul
16 May 2018
LAVA has won an award in the fourth annual Architecture Awards by Build, UK for "Recognised Leaders in Office Architecture & Design 2018 - Western Europe"
3 May 2018
Chris Bosse is in Hanoi to sign the design contract for the Grandeur Palace Pham Hung, a new mixed use complex for living, working, shopping and leisure.
A skydeck connects three towers and provides communal facilties such as pools and barbecue areas, jogging tracks and cafes and waterfalls.
10 April 2018
Tobias Wallisser will be on stage with Fritz Auer, co-founder of Auer+Weber, and Jorun Ragnarsdottir, co-founder of LRO in June at "Architects, not Architecture" in June Stuttgart. www.architectsnotarchitecture.com
Chris Bosse will be speaking in Bangkok at the RSU Research Conference and visiting the Architect Expo 2018 (ASEAN's Largest Building Technology Exposition) 1-6 May
5 March 2018
Tobias Wallisser will be speaking at the Instituto Arquitetos Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, on LAVA's work.
In English, the conference arises from an IAB meeting and a partnership with LAMO - Laboratório de Modelos e Fabricação Digital / PROURB, FAU-UFRJ that will open at the conference.
1 FEBRUARY 2018
Alexander Rieck recently spoke at the Future Office Talks in Frankfurt am Maim, while Chris Bosse spoke at the Anthology Architecture and Design Festival in Manila, and Tobias Wallisser was a guest critic reviewing IoA, Institute of Architecture - University of Applied Arts Vienna Studio Hani Rashid.
19 DECEMBER 2017
The LAVA team wishes our wonderful clients, partners and supporters merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
We’ve won some great awards in 2017 – the WAFX Award [World Architecture Festival’s tenth anniversary] Future Project for Heidelberg Energy Park; Sydney Design Awards for Olio Kensington Restaurant Sydney; Australian Institute of Architects for Philips Lighting Headquarters; the Corporate LiveWire Architecture awards for Innovation in Environmentally-Friendly Urban Planning. And were shortlisted for the IDEA Awards for the Philips Lighting Headquarters and "Out of Hand' exhibition, Powerhouse Museum.
And attracted some wonderful media coverage for our Garden Island redevelopment concept in Sydney, a future forest city in Malaysia and Janet Laurence/LAVA "Inside the Flower" installation in Berlin, amongst others.
And we have some great projects underway across the globe: our Heidelberg Energy Storage Centre has broken ground; the Youth Hostel in Bayreuth is complete; Zhejiang Gate Towers in Hangzhou is underway; university headquarters at KACST in Riyadh is almost finished; and a new children’s writing centre in western Sydney is currently in planning. Our work in Vietnam is going strong with some major announcements coming up in the new year.
We look forward to working with you again next year.
12 OCTOBER 2017
LAVA is a winner in the inaugural WAFX Awards ‘heralding the world’s most forward-looking architectural concepts’ to mark the World Architecture Festival’s tenth anniversary.
LAVA, with partners sbp, won the Future Project award in the Building Technology category for our Heidelberg Energy Park, which is currently under construction. read more
LAVA’s animated energy tower reinvents a 1950s - tank typology into a hub of sustainability; both a renewable energy storage and an educational destination for renewable energy. The external façade is animated by over 20,000 diamond shaped steel plates, the number of moving plates will indicate the number of households supplied by the renewable energy stored in the tower.
The WAFX Prize is awarded to future projects that identify key challenges that architects will need to address over the next ten years. WAF selected 11 winning future projects, which critically address issues such as climate, energy & carbon, water, re-use, smart cities, building technology.
14 August 2017
LAVA is a Silver Winner in the 2017 Sydney Design Awards; Category: Interior Design - Hospitality - Casual for our Olio Kensington Restaurant in Chippendale. READ MORE
1 AUGUST 2017
Janet Laurence/LAVA "Inside the Flower" installation in Berlin is one of "Seven Environmentally Engaging Art Installations" featured in the July issue of Interior Design NY magazine. MORE DETAILS
LAVA's Olio Restaurant design has made it into the June issue of Interior Design magazine in a story on "Six eye catching restaurants' across the globe." MORE DETAILS
And "Six dog friendly homes" ... Cola hits Interior Design Magazine NY MORE DETAILS
16 June 2017
Two of LAVA's projects have been shortlisted in the Sydney Design Awards!
Olio Kensington Restaurant for Interior Design - Hospitality
Out of Hand: Materialising the digital Powerhouse Museum - Pop-Ups, Display, Exhibit & Set Design
25 May 2017
LAVA has two projects shortlisted in the 2017 NSW AIA awards:
Interior Architecture - we're one of 12 Projects for our Powerhouse Museum Exhibition: "Out Of Hand"
And ... Small Project Architecture - our Russ The Bus is one of 12 projects.
8 May 2017
Chris Bosse wil be on the panel for this exciting VIVID event - Ghost in the Design: Inner forces driving local and global architecture- a panel discussion, Q and A, and refreshments and light display.
Sat. 3 June 2017
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
1 Bligh Street, Sydney
More details and bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ghost-in-the-design-inner-forces-driving-local-and-global-architecture-tickets-33328855504
11 April 2017
The facade of Tower C of our Zheijang Gate project in China is almost finished!
21 March 2017
LAVA's Bayreuth youth hostel is nearing completion with an opening due mid year.
4 February 2017
Our Tigers are on display at the inaugural Toronto Light Festival until March 12
27 January 2017
LAVA has won 2nd prize in an international competition to design a new city in Malaysia.
LAVA’s concept sees the city defined not as one iconic building, nor as a skyline, but as a central public space, a real forest.
Forest City, by Chinese developer Country Garden, is a new 20 square kilometre green smart city in southern Malaysia. Located on reclaimed land between Malaysia and Singapore, it will house 700,000 people with office towers, parks, hotels, shopping malls and an international school. The competition for a 24-hectare site within the development sought designs that improve the efficiency of land use, enhance the quality of space and environment, and include a landmark building embodying the notion of a forest city.
Renders by Bitscape.
22 December 2016
Happy Christmas to all our colleagues and friends.
We look forward to working with you in 2017
19 DECEMBER 2017
Editor of mondo*arc Paul James paid a visit to "bask in the light of our Philips" atrium. LAVA's design featureed on the front cover and in an eight page story.
7 November 2016
LAVA's globe trotting digital origami Tigers are appearing at the Festival Lausanne Lumières from November 24th to December 31st 2016!
We are one of 12 original art works from Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, created around the theme of light to be installed throughout the town.
The two Digital Origami Tigers started their world travels celebrating Chinese New Year at Customs House, Sydney in 2010, went to Kuala Lumpur for KL Design Week, Berlin for the WWF awareness campaign, Singapore in the i-Light Marina Bay Festival and to San Francisco Zoo in 2011.
7 November 2016
LAVA's design for the "Out of Hand" exhibtion at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has been featured in FRAME magazine.
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.
4 OCTOBER 2016
The latest edition of Interior Design magazine NY features Tivoli Terrace.
4 OCTOBER 2016
Absolutely honoured to receive this award from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design
Previous Laureates - Calatrava, Ingels and Graft.
12 AUGUST 2016
LAVA has won four silver awards [out of a total of 104 award winners] in the Sydney Design Awards in the design disciplines of Space, Object, Visual and Experience - for Tivoli Terrace, Russ the Bus, Kyo-to Restaurant and Sydney Airport Regionals Retail.
15 July 2016
LAVA has won two awards at the 2016 International Architecture Awards for the KACST Headquarters in Saudi Arabia, currently under construction, and the bid for a Green Climate Fund Headquarters in Germany.
Billed as "the largest and most extensive global architecture awards program in the world," the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies announced the 132 winning projects from 43 countries.
6 July 2016
We're excited to be a finalist in this year’s WAF awards for our KACST Headquarters project currently under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Festival takes place from 16 - 18 November 2016 at Arena Berlin, Germany.
10 June 2016
LAVA has unveiled a new project under construction in China.
LAVA’s masterplan for the mixed-use development consists of five buildings housing offices, residential, and retail. It features fluid building masses, improved positioning of the towers from different viewing directions, logical pedestrian movement and the removal of cars from the complex.
The twin towers form an iconic entrance to the city of Hangzhou. The high-rise towers are an interpretation of the Chinese characters meaning ‘gate’ or entrance to a city. Utilising extensive view studies the tower ensemble was positioned so it is recognisable as a twin structure, a gate, from both near and far. LAVA articulated the façade as two groups of long vertical fins wrapped around the buildings, a shimmering façade of fins. Fluid lines create zones within the tower elevations, whilst different colours of glass and varying depths of vertical fin elements generate refracted light effects animating the façade.
Construction on the twin towers starts in 2017, and the other buildings are under construction now.
26 MAY 2016
Our Secret Garden Project in Berlin is fast taking shape, with the topping out ceremony due in June.
The re-modelling of the historic 1920s building will feature a stunning two-storey ballroom with beautiful stucco applications and wall paintings. Plus a new two-storey metal-clad penthouse addition.
21 MAY 2016
Bayreuth Youth Hostel from today's site visit. Two more weeks to 'Richtfest'!
21 MAY 2016
LAVA's 38 tree-loving fire-red Monkey Light Sculptures will be the highlight of the Market of Lights 2016 in Haymarket Sydney from Friday 3 – Sunday 12 June 2016.
17 MAY 2016
YOUTH HOSTELS OF THE FUTURE in Goethe magazine.
9 MAY 2016
Chris Bosse is speaking in Istanbul on May 11th on cities of the future.
The conference is organised by the Building Information Centre (YEM), a platform for architects, engineers, designers, contractors and building material producers with the aim to raise the quality of the built environment.
2 MAY 2016
Our Jeju Resort has been featured in UK Resorts magazine.
7 April 2016
Our Russ the Bus project was featured in Tasarım Magazine's 260th issue from Turkey.
30 March 2016
LAVA had a great week at MIPIM in Cannes.
9 March 2016
Our KY-OTO restaurant fit out has appeared in Hospitality magazine
5 February 2016
Up, up and away - our Zheijang Gate is fast taking shape!!!!
12 January 2016
Our ephemeral elephants .....
LAVA's Digital origami elephants installation on display in Bangkok for the Kingdom of Light Festival. 150 of the LAVA elephants were on display in Bangkok for the second edition of 'Thailand Kingdom of Light' festival which ran until 5 January 2016 in the tourist district of Ratchaprasong.
LAVA was proud to be part of this magical event which will featured artists from across the world with some 1 million lights attracting more than 1 million visitors.
See the elephants on Thai TV: WATCH HERE
21 December 2015
An interview with Tobias Wallisser has been publishd in Brazilian magazine 'Vitruvius', a specialised website about architecture, urbanism, art and culture.
21 December 2015
KACST HQ ... New pictures of our construction-site in Riyadh.
Up up and away ...the tower is growing and more than 50% of the concrete works are done!
17 December 2015
Wishing all our colleagues, clients and friends a very happy Christmas.
We look forward to working with you in 2016.
Our Russ the Bus for the Sydney Writers Festival brought books alive for over 4,000 school kids in western Sydney in November.
And the book bus will feature at the Sydney Writers Festival in May 2016 at Walsh Bay Sydney. READ MORE
Photo: Peter Murphy.
21 November 2015
Alexander Rieck is featured in this new issue of DETAIL - "Research on BIM- Building Information Modeling I Management"
"We are now in a position to answer not only the questions of architecture with contemporary methods, but we’re also able to find new methods to execute complex tasks and planning processes much more efficiently."
"Wir sind heute in der Lage, nicht nur die Fragestellungen der Architektur mit den heutigen Methoden zu beantworten, sondern auch Methoden zu finden, mit den sich komplexe Aufgaben und Planungsprozesse deutlich effizienter bearbeiten lassen."
14 November 2015
Alexander Rieck talks the smart cities of tomorrow in Detail.
He'll be speaking at the upcoming Fraunhofer’s “Urban Futures” Conference in Berlin on November 25 and 26, 2015. The event brings speakers from across Europe who specialise in sustainable urban development.
6 November 2015
The first walls are up for our Bayreuth youth hostel!!! The concrete structure will be completed by mid January 2016.
The ‘Y’ shape 180-bed sports youth hostel is a yardstick for the sports hostel of the future through innovative spatial configurations, sustainability at environmental, and structural and social levels, and integrated sporting facilities.
6 November 2015
We have just opened our pavilion project for the Raumwelten Symposium. The inflatable structure is made of 100kg fabric and creates a space for up to 150 people. "More with less" at its best. And it will be re-used for the next three years!
The pavilion was designed by Tobias Wallisser and his student group, with Assistant Sebastian Schott, and Prof. Thomas Hundt. It was engineered by Form TL and built by Adunic from Switzerland.
28 October 2015
Tobias Walliser is speaking at a RMIT symposium in Singapore: "INTRICATE REIFICATIONS EXPLORING THE ARCHITECTURE OF DIGITAL / MATERIAL TRANSLATIONS"
￼￼￼"The symposium will explore the architectural implications and relationships between digital design and physical material through emerging digital and robotic fabrication techniques. The symposium will bring together a panel of international architects and researchers to discuss the rapidly changing nature of digitally controlled fabrication and the influence this is increasingly having on architectural design."
Other presentations are by Fabio Gramazio (Gramazio Kohler / ETH), Michael Budig (SUTD) and Roland Snooks (Kokkugia, RMIT).
Intricate Reifications is co-organised by RMIT University and Singapore University of Technology and Design, hosted by the National Design Centre (NDC) and supported by DesignSingapore Council.
MONDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 1pm - 5pm NATIONAL DESIGN CENTRE SINGAPORE
7 September 2015
Our Bayreuth Hostel is in the latest issue of AIT magazine!
29 July 2015
Its been a week full of design and lectures at LAVA in Stuttgart!
The LAVA-AXON Kinetic Structures workshop has been full of ideas with lectures and workshops by LAVA director Alexander Rieck, Julian Lienhard from str-ucture, Bollinger + Grohmann acoustics specialist Tobias Jarosch, Robert Vierlinger from Bollinger + Grohmann, tutors Matthijs la Roi and Piotr Baszynski, and Jia-Rey Chang from the Hyperbody research group.
21 July 2015
Chris Bosse has been announced as a recipient of an Australian Design Honour at the Australian Design Centre in Sydney.
25 June 2015
LAVA's 7 star HAINAN OCEAN FLOWER RESORT is featured in this month's Belle Magazine. The design is based on the simple, natural geometry of a water drop.
19 June 2015
A double rainbow in Sydney today!
19 June 2015
LAVA's youth hostels in Berchestgaden and Bayreuth are featured in the latest issue of Baunetzwoche in a story on what's happening in Bavaria.
25 May 2015
Kangaroo, Karamba and Grasshopper....
Join LAVA and Bollinger+Grohmann for a collaborative design workshop on these and other topics!
The aim of the week-long workshop is the realisation of a 1:1 kinetic ceiling in our LAVA office in Stuttgart. Open to both architecture/design students and professionals, the workshop runs from 25th July – 1st August 2015. Apply online - if you book before 19 June there is an earylbird discount.
15 May 2015
Two LAVA projects are in amongst Oscar awards events and Olympic closing ceremonies in a new book called "SPECTACULAR! STAGE DESIGN", published by Sendpoints Publishing Co., Ltd.
14 April 2015
Russian magazine on design and architecture BERLOGOS has published a story on our youth hostels in Bavaria.
14 April 2015
Chris Bosse spoke at the Communiqué 2015 lecture series, BRIDGING THE UTOPIAN AND THE PRAGMATIC at the School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland in March.
Watch the lecture here: Listen here
14 April 2015
German magazine 'HÖRZU WISSEN' has featured a story on the city of the future including an interview with Tobias Wallisser: "Das Miteinander von Menschen und Maschinen, Technik und Natur schafft visuellen Reichtum.“
LAVA's plan to reinvigorate Berlin’s monumental Karl Marx Allee and increase residents’ quality of life is featured in the story. A project LAVA did for "50 ideas to celebrate 50 years of the Art Directors Club" in Germany was used as an illustration of the effects of future city planning on an existing city axis.
LAVA was inspired to use technology to improve the lives of Berlin's residents, by creating more of the sustainable, green space we all need. From ‘Energiewende’ to ‘Energiewalls’: the city as a second nature, where cars, people and wind installations coexist and communicate. A unique opportunity to reclaim the now very car-centric, historically loaded Karl Marx Allee for public good.
LAVA aimed to build a new kind of public space — one that blends old and new, horizontal and vertical while introducing cutting-edge wind technology, enabling a sustainable city life.
3 MARCH 2015
The March edition of Voyeur, Virgin Australia's inflight magazine, features an interview with Chris Bosse on LAVA's upcoming projects across the globe.
3 MARCH 2015
Tall Buildings Magazine in Russia has done a great 6 page story on our Shenzhen Jungle Plaza project!
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
9 December 2014
Tobias Wallisser was interviewed by MIND magazine whilst he attended the “Space and Possiblities” coonferenece in Istanbul earlier this year.
17 November 2014
Tobias Wallisser has been interviewed in in the supplement to ELLE in Germany, called ELLE CITY.
Wallisser says: ”Die Gestaltung von gesellschaftlichen Umbrüchen ist eine traumhafte Aufgabe für Architekten”
Held for the first time in October at Zebra Square, Kuala Lumpur, IDCon 2014 brought together the best talents in the design field, offering local design enthusiasts an inspirational experience. Attended by approximately 800 people, the audience comprised interior designers, architects, design professionals, key industry players as well as students from different colleges
22 SEPTEMBER 2014
'KINGS FOR BID WINNING'!!!!
Two lovely books came into the office today featuring our Bionic Tower and Harbin Ice Hotel projects.
Saturday 20 September 2014. LAVA's Sydney office is pleased to be part of the 2014 BEAMS ARTS FESTIVAL.
LAVA will create a site specific digital origami installation and there will be a few digital origami tigers on the prowl.
ONE BRIGHT NIGHT IN CHIPPENDALE takes place on Saturday 20 September 2014 from 5-10pm.
The BEAMS Arts Festival will once again immerse the laneways of Chippendale with 350 creatives working across a range of artforms under the theme of 'Utopia'. The works will mirror both personal and collective concepts of Utopia to conceive a "wondrous paradise nestled in the heart of the CBD".
Bosse says: LAVA is thrilled to be part of BEAM in 2014. As recent arrivals to the Chippendale precinct we love being in the centre of cutting edge creativity in this great city. As the next generation of architects exploring new typologies and approaches to sustainable design we are totally behind this year’s theme of Utopia – we hope our origami installations, inspired by nature’s own structural systems, will encourage people to see that the answer to efficient and beautiful design is found in: NATURE!
16 September 2014
Chris Bosse will present a talk on CUSP on Friday 26 September at the Glasshouse Port Macquarie, NSW.
“Architecture of the future will not be about the shape, but about the intelligence of the system. The intelligence of the smallest unit results in the intelligence of the overall organism.” Chris Bosse
Chris Bosse envisions a future world where buildings are intelligent and responsive to external influences like air pressure, temperature, humidity, air pollution and solar radiation. Here, buildings are not singular structural entities (designed, serviced and accessed as isolated units), but rather, they are part of large networked systems, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
As co-founder of the architectural firm, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA), Bosse explores new frontiers for architecture by combining future technologies with the principles behind naturally occurring systems. Like 20th century icons Buckminster Fuller and Frei Otto before him, Bosse studies the underlying design principles found in nature – soap bubbles, snowflakes and spider webs – to inspire new possible structures.
1 September 2014
The latest issue of Russia's 'Tall Buildings ' magazine features our 'Tower Skin' in a six page story.
13 August 2014
We’re a finalist! In the Sydney Design Awards, Category: Interior Design – Corporate, for our GREENLAND DISPLAY SUITE.
Ratings will determine the next phase - the judging process also allows the marketplace and the design industry to rate projects.
The Awards are announced on Wednesday 20 August.
So please vote for us!
28 July 2014
LAVA’s design for the Mission Hill Ice Rink facade is under construction!
LAVA was asked to design the facade for an existing ice rink in the city of Haikou, attractive seaside resort and capital of Hainan province, China.
The facade design was inspired by natural elements – wind, waves, ice - movement and energy.
The fin shaped glass louvres reference the blades of the skaters inside whilst the blue/cyan colour gradient suggests icebergs.
9 July 2014
Attraction, seperation and alignment - flow simulations inspired the design of the Philips Light + Building pavilion.
LAVA’s latest project used gaming industry algorithms and natures’ swarming principles for the layout.
The sculptural pavilion, at the 2014 Light + Building international trade show in Frankfurt, used a ribbon-based routing concept derived from visitor flow simulations.
Natures’ swarm principles are found in both animal and human group behaviour. In unfamiliar buildings, cities and emergencies, for example, people will follow others but still keep their distance. Flocks of birds clearly reveal these principles of attraction, repulsion and alignment.
They used a combination of custom-made and open-source code and algorithms used in the gaming industry.
LAVA was involved in the initial concept and layout for the pavilion. The idea was to create a brand experience that united all Philips business groups, from consumer to professional lighting, in one fair stand. An elliptical ribbon route wrapped four elements: entrance with special light installations, a light-dome, market-arena and a VIP grandstand.
23 June 2014
Architecture & Art Beijing has a four page story on the Greenland Centre.
23 June 2014
A bold new book arrived in the office this week - 'TEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE' by Lisa Baker.
'This volume gathers extraordinary contemporary projects ... Most of these concepts transgress the borderlines of architecture, art, design and social intervention, which results in a .. unique form of creative freedom."
Our tigers are in there!
13 June 2014
Our Greenland Display Suite is shortlisted in the Sydney Design Awards. design100 is a platform of award programs focused on promoting the value of design in local markets across three continents.
Finalists will be determined by a judging panel, plus industry and marketplace ratings. You can vote online.
4 June 2014
WATER, NATURE + FREI OTTO - Chris Bosse talks about the Watercube in a seven page interview in uncube, a new German design magazine.
6 May 2014
LAVA’s Greenland Display Suite is one of ninety-one projects shortlisted for 2014 NSW Architecture Awards.
The project [with PTW] is shortlisted in the Interior Architecture category, up against 12 other projects ranging from residences to offices to a gallery.
There were 200 entries across all categories and the winners will be announced on 26 June.
NSW Chapter President Joe Agius said the shortlist reflected the ‘best in current architectural practice’.
12 May 2014
LAVA directors share their views and news across the globe.
Tobias Wallisser was recently at re:publica in Berlin, discussing: re-thinking mobility. http://re-publica.de/news/rethink-mobility-neue-wege-gehen-fahren-fliegen-oder-beamen
He will serve as a juror for the German Art Directors Club where the best adverts and trade fair appearances will be judged in Hamburg May 13-15. http://www.adc.de/festival/adc-festival/adc-festival-2014.html
Wallisser is also keynote speaker at the IWF in Berlin on May 23rd and then at the 'Stifung Baukultur' in Berlin on the success or failure of processes. http://www.bundesstiftung-baukultur.de/uploads/tx_cal/media/programm_flyer_planungskultur.pdf
And Chris Bosse heads off to Iran to speak on ‘Architecture and Urban Tourism’ at the 2nd International Architourism Conference 29‐30 May at Mashhad. http://rayahb.com/en/
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.
27 FEBRUARY 2014
LAVA's Martian Embassy in Sydney has won a 'Special Mention' in the 2014 German Design Council Awards.
The German Design Council has been representing and supporting the German design industry for 60 years. "A nomination for the German Design Award on the occasion of the anniversary of the German Design Council is especially significant – it stands for 60 years of design culture."
More info: GDC
4 June 2014
Our Greenland Centre is featured in the latest issue of Inside, the magazine for the World Interiors News Award, a monthly look at the 'world's best interiors'.
LAVA and PTW have entered GREENLAND in the Retail Interiors Category and winners are announced on 30 October in London.
22 January 2014
These amazing books came into the office the other day - one on hotels, the other on installations, both published by Artpower. LAVA projects include Mexico and Oman resorts; and Digital Origami Shelter, Myer Shell Set, AIA Bar and Digital Tigers.
Thank you Artpower for sending them to us. ARTPOWER
24 December 2013
Happy Christmas to all our clients, colleagues and friends.
Thank you for a great 2013 and we look forward to working with you in 2014.
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.
26 NOVEMBER 2013
Our Martian Embassy has won yet another award!
Best International Interior Design in the Perspective Awards 2013. The awards were announced in Hong Kong.
31 OCTOBER 2013
LAVA signed an agreement for a new technology park near Wuhan in Hubei province China last night. A ceremony was held in conjunction with the Hubei Sydney Trade and investment fair in Sydney. A great event!!
More details soon!
18 NOVEMBER 2013
Cloud City has received a High Commendation in the 2013 Lightweight Structures Conference and Design Awards.
The Judges Comments: "Sculptural and exploratory work" and "Graphic and imaginative illustration of the potential use of flexible membranes and organic forms in 'responsive' architecture". LSAA Awards
And the Martian Embassy has won Highly Commended in the 2013 IDEA Awards, Public Space.
How many awards is that now for the Embassy?
A total of six: the Australian Timber Design Award, Sydney Design Award, Iconic Award, NSW AIA: Premier's Prize and a Commendation. IDEA Award
15 OCTOBER 2013
'LAVA's sunflower umbrellas in Masdar feature in a new book 'Future City Solutions', the second Urban Trends book, just published. The book cites the eco city Masdar, Abu Dhabi, as 'a powerful incubator for testing ideas'. LAVA won the international competition to design the city centre of Masdar.
Future City Solutions' 'shares some of the most innovative responses to the challenges that are facing cities today.' '..cities, with their large concentrated populations, need to become engine rooms for innovation - incubators for a cultural revolution that will shift our thinking and our consumption habits.'
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
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
30 SEPTEMBER 2013
Chris Bosse will be speaking at the opening night of the WAF this week in Singapore - a PechaKucha party hosted by Mr PechaKucha himself, Mark Dytham!!! Bosse will be presenting the Martian Embassy
And he will be judging later in the week.
And he'll be a panellist at 'EXPLORE THE VALUE OF BEING CONNECTED', an AIA get together in Singapore on 2nd October. The panel will discuss how links to Australia can be a boarding pass for a global career.
More details: BOARDING PASS
16 JULY 2013
Three LAVA projects are Winners in the international Iconic Awards.
A City of Clouds masterplan in the desert, a Martian writing centre for young people in inner city Sydney and a new concept for living in Berlin are all winners in the 2013 Iconic Awards, Germany.
LAVA’s City of Clouds is a winner in the Concept Visionary Architecture – this masterplan for a new city is enclosed under an artificial ‘cloud’ surface that mimics the action of the atmospheric process creating comfort in an extreme environment.
Moritz Gruppe's THE:SQUARE is a Winner in the Concept Visionary Living & Working - this mixed use development themed with Life, Nature, Sport is close to Berlin's centre and Europe’s largest urban nature reserve and the Olympics training centre.
The Martian Embassy, an immersive space of oscillating plywood ribs brought to life by red planet light and sound projections is a Winner in the Interior Retail category.
The Martian Embassy has already won three other architectural awards, one commendation and is shortlisted for the IDEA awards.
The Iconic Awards are a cross-disciplinary international architectural competition of the German Design Council that focuses on outstanding, holistic architecture and interior design. The highest award, Best of Best, is given in five competition categories whilst outstanding projects are given the award ‘Winner’. The German Design Council was established in 1953 and aims to communicate design expertise amongst the wider public.
9 JULY 2013
Five page story in Travelite, a luxury travel and lifestyle magazine distributed quarterly across Asia.
With some valuable inputs from the director of a formidable international design firm, we take a peek at a sustainable future that thrives on smarter and more dynamic concepts believed to harmonise the relationship between man and the environment.
27 June 2013
The 2013 NSW Premier's Prize at the Australian Institute of Architecture awards has been given to LAVA for the Martian Embassy, home to the Sydney Story Factory.
Its our 3rd design award for the Embassy!! Other awards include the Sydney Design Award and the Australian Timber Design Award.
Chris Bosse and Jarrod Lamshed at the awards night in Sydney tonight.
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
17 June 2013
Landscapes become buildings and buildings become landscapes...
LAVA's four page piece on Bio-inspiration features in Landscape M.E. magazine, in the Middle East.
18 April 2013
Green Building and Sustainable Strategies magazine from Canada features LAVA on the front cover and stories on Masdar, Bionic and Snowflake towers.
Digital copy: GBSS
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.
31 May 2013
Russia's 'Tall Buildings' magazine features a six page story on LAVA's The Square3 project in Berlin.
18 April 2013
A new 270 page book on 'creative diagrams' includes seven LAVA projects including Classroom of the Future, Stuttgart University Voxel, Berchtesgaden Youth Hostel, Corniche Tower and Riga Airport.
“The book aims to provide readers with new examples of creative analysis diagrams.”
26 April 2013
MEHR MIT WENIGER ... BUILD magazine features interview with Tobias Wallisser
Read the full interview here: BUILD 2010
3 May 2013
Tobias Wallisser recently spoke at Daimler’s ‘Future Talk – How utopian is the future?’ in Berlin.
Experts from Daimler discussed visionary ideas with external specialists from different fields including Philipp Hübl, Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart, and Martina Mara from the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria.
“Every society shapes its surroundings to meet its needs,” said Wallisser. “Privacy plays a key part in that. Private space is a luxury and implies a need for protection and security. At the same time, we look for a sense of togetherness, and closeness to the community. This is paradoxical, but human….”
More details: Daimler Future Talks
26 April 2013
Ljuskultur magazine in Sweden features cover and nine page story on Alexander Rieck and LAVA.
21 Februrary 2013
LAVA and Moritz Gruppe have been nominated for the MIPIM Awards 2013 in the Futura category with THE:SQUARE³.
We’re up against just 3 others - Herzog & de Meuron, Lundgaard & Tranberg and Jahn. Winners will be announced at MIPIM in Cannes on 14th March.
And there is a People’s Choice Award – please vote for us – you have until 11th March 2013. The link will redirect you to our project.
Three skyscrapers of gold, silver, and bronze make up THE SQUARE ³, a new mixed use development inspired by sport that revitalises a beautiful but underdeveloped urban quarter in Berlin.
With a theme of Life, Nature, Sports the development by Moritz Gruppe is just nine minutes from the centre of Berlin and located near Europe’s largest urban nature reserve and a sports hot spot.
21 March 2013
Four page story on LAVA's Sydney studio in New York based Bullett Magazine
9 Februrary 2013
LAVA was short listed with 5 other international firms to design the Suzhou Zoo Masterplan.
We were very excited about the opportunity to combine our interest in nature and technology. We didn’t end up winning but thought we’d share this image of the zoo reception and entrance [a 'birds nest' of bamboo] with you.
With our partners Shanghai Landscape Design Institute and Battle McCarthy we took the competition brief from being a 'zoo beside a botanical garden and lake' to becoming a hub for applied bio-tech research.
While we didn’t make special provisions for zodiac animals who knows what snakes may slither into the zoo this year!
We wish everybody a happy 2013 – the year of the snake
21 Februrary 201
LAVA have realised their first bridge design in Europe, a pedestrian bridge in Rotterdam, inspired by the efficiency and beauty in nature’s geometries.
FDN Engineering and Construction have named it the ‘Bosse Bridge’ and the 19m long bridge made from nine cubes of concrete has just been constructed in Rotterdam.
FDN’s demonstration project aims to show that ultra high strength concrete bridges with a very thin concrete deck are possible. It can carry a twelve tonne vehicle and the modular system means a bridge 30m x 5m can be transported in twenty-foot containers to all parts of the world economically.
LAVA's design references branching structures and the playful railing brings together LAVA's core interest in nature, technology and man.
FDN also have a Bionic Bridge design inspired by LAVA's Bionic Tower.
12 November 2012
"In the four years of its existence LAVA has rapidly become one of the leading architectural offices of its generation in Germany."
So Jochen Paul introduces a 6 page profile on LAVA in Schüco Magazine ..... and the directors are on the cover!
Story on page 32:
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.
31 OCTOBER 2013
LAVA Australia has a new address:
29 BALFOUR STREET, SURRY HILLS
SYDNEY NSW 2008, AUSTRALIA
+61 2 928 014 75
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.
22 October 2012
Alexander Rieck will be speaking at the Future Cleantech Forum, 29-31 October 29, 2012 at Palexpo, Geneva.
Senior researcher for the "city of the future" at the world leading Fraunhofer Institute, he will be speaking on Tuesday 30th October in the 'Energy efficiency - the forgotten renewable energy' session on Urbanisation.
Alexander also recently spoke at the Saudi Green Building Forum on the 15 October.
7 September 2012
LAVA TALKS AND JUDGES
LAVA talks at a number of upcoming international conferences include:
Chris Bosse will:
Tobias Wallisser will speak at the:
17 September 2012
Workshop magazine, published in Shanghai, has featured a four page story on the MARTIAN EMBASSY in their issue 06.
7 September 2012
LAVA's Green Climate Fund headquarter designs feature on the front cover and in a 4 page story in Architecture Update, September 2012 Ecological Infrastructure, published in India.
4 September 2012
COME INTO PLAY - Chris bosse describes its as "by far the weirdest and most absurd brief I've ever seen" .. but we had to ''to engage with what children do best, which is to play and have fun''. The design team, which visited schools to talk to children about their preferences, found that ''thinking like kids'' was a useful tool.
The embassy/shop/learning centre is structured by 1068 oscillating plywood sections - is it a whale? a time-travel tunnel? a space rocket?
Read more and hear interviews with Chris Bosse and our partners Josh [Will O'Rourke] and Pete [The Glue Society].: Sydney Morning Herald
21 July 2012
Today Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales, officially opened the Martian Embassy in Sydney.
She loved the whale/time tunnel interior created by the LAVA team with our amazing partners Will O'Rourke and The Glue Society.
The Martian Embassy was designed as an immersive space of oscillating plywood ribs brought to life by red planet light and sound projections for The Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people in Sydney. Cath Keenan, pictured with Chris Bosse, is the director of the Factory.
The design is inspired by the stuff great stories are made of - Moby Dick, H. G. Wells' Time Machine and 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick.
The concept is to awaken creativity in kids, so the design acts as a trigger, firing up the engines of imagination. It’s an intergalactic journey - from the embassy, at the street entrance, to the shop full of red planet traveller essentials, to the classroom. By the time kids reach the writing classes they have forgotten they are in “school”.
7 July 2012
The cover of Turkey's İnşaat Dünyası June issue features BIONIC TOWER and the editor's note explores the Tower and Biomimicry.
Read the magazine via this link Inşaat Dünyası
23 May 2012
Indesignlive features five minutes with Chris Bosse.
12 June 2012
The Rubrik Freistil section of the June 2012 issue of Baumeister – Das Architektur-Magazin - features LAVA:
"We already work for our dream client and design our dream projects everyday in many places around the world".
18 June 2012
'If you know don't who Lady Gaga is, you wont be staying here anytime soon'.
Hinge, the Hong Kong design magazine, has a two page review of the Berchestgaden Youth Hostel in its May issue. The cover features the bright, bold coloured stripes of the hostel foyer.
5 May 2012
Chris Bosse has won Hong Kong magazine Pespective's 40 Under 40 Award 40 Under 40 Award
The May issue of the magazine features profiles on each of the 40 winners. The award recognises the achievements of the 'region's rising design stars under 40'.
8 May 2012
LAVA is the featured ‘DESIGNER’ in Workshop magazine issue 03 with 33 pages, including an interview and profiles on 9 projects. published by Choi's Gallery, China.
30 May 2012
Chris Bosse will speak on the Beijing Watercube project in Hamburg on the 7th June as part of Heinze Architek TOUR 2012.
The TOUR asks the question – ‘where are the boundaries of higher, faster and further in this, the year of the Olympics’?
‘Heinze takes these major sporting events as an opportunity to highlight the architectural effect of the field of sports and leisure facilities.'
More details: HEINZE
And Bosse will give the Opening Keynote Address on the 12th June at the Qatar Sustainable Building Forum in Doha.
19 April 2012
Chris Bosse on Russia Today in Moscow.
19 April 2012
LAVA's vision for the proposed headquarters of the Green Climate Fund in Bonn is described as having 'maximum impact' and 'an ideal working environment'.
12 March, 2012
Time: 5:30pm for 6pm start – to finish approx. 8pm.
The School of Architecture and Built Environment and the Newcastle Division of the Australian Institute of Architects have developed a speaker program for local practitioners, architecture students and the wider community on the latest design by some of the leading architects in the industry.
Bosse will speak on LAVA’s design concepts, in particular understanding the link between digital technology and design elements in nature, designing for sustainability and there will be an open forum question time.
Date: Monday 12th March
Venue: The Hotel Delany, Darby Street Cooks Hill Newcastle.
Time: 5:30pm for 6pm start – to finish approx. 8pm
16 March 2012
"Vivienda y Decoración", magazine at the newspaper "El Mercurio" in Chile, features LAVA's Masdar City Centre design.
10 February 2012
Chris Bosse and Alexander Rieck recently spoke at the Architecture foresight conference in Ischgl Austria.The event was held in association with the World architects Masters, the annual architects Ski race.The conference took place at Pardorama 2,620m above sea level at thePardatschgrat.Chris and Alexander spokeabout the City of the future and sustainable large scale projects in China andthe Middle East.“It was great to exchangethoughts with so many amazing minds above the clouds” says Chris Bosse.“Skiing with your friendsand colleagues and discussing the future of architecture with a glass ofgluhwein in front of a fireplace removed from the world has been amazing” addsAlexander Rieck.
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.
We appreciate your visit and your questions.
Your LAVA TEAM
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
10 November, 2011
LAVA has created a new typology for youth hostels with the revisioning of the Berchtesgaden near Munich, Germany.
Gone are the daggy dormitory rooms and impersonal spaces of your typical hostel.The new design features individualised rooms, bold colours, local materials and craftsmanship, and multipurpose zones. The sustainable makeover includes a low energy facade, floor heating, and the installation of a bimass pellet heating system. Built‐in furniture and integrated storage avoids the ubiquitous barracks style environment.The hostel refurbishment was a unique opportunity to explore some of LAVA's experiments in space and apply sustainable technologies to an existing building.And if you want to sleep in one of LAVA's funky new bedrooms check out the hostel site http://www.design-jugendherberge-berchtesgaden.de/
August 2, 2011
LAVA's Evolution light is one of 62 designs featured in the August issue of Wallpaper* magazine.The Handmade issue showcased the work of leading designers, craftsmen and manufacturers who were commissioned to create new products for the Handmade show in Milan earlier this year.
Photo: Tommy Voeten, 1212‐Studio
August 4, 2011
LAVA's design for the Myer Spring/Summer Collection Launch 2010/2011 has been shortlisted under the 'event' category at the 2011 IDEA awards.Created with Gloss Creative, LAVA's set, 'Shells, Architects of the Ocean', was a giant shell measuring 18 x 5 metres.Using 2000 precisely cut pieces of pine intricately worked together, the sculptural piece was dramatically silhouetted with striking light effects. Inspired by the geometry of the triton shell it was digitised and sliced into buildable components to create a theatrical setting.
June 29, 2011
Green Void, commissioned by Customs House Sydney, received a special mention at The Dedalo Minosse International Prize for commissioning a building.The prize is promoted by ALA-Assoarchitetti, the Italian association for professional architects, and recognises the client's role as a fundamental partner in generating high-quality work.Chris Bosse was at the presentation at Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Palladio's city.
July 10, 2011
A new office fit out in Melbourne features screens designed by LAVA for Schiavello's Climate range.The workspace at 500 Collins St, Melbourne for pharmaceutical and medication delivery company, Hospira, was designed by interior architecture consultancy Artillery and used Schiavello's latest workplace program, Climate, for all 190 work-points.LAVA's 'forest' markers were chosen as the screens to accompany Climate; they were chosen in meadow, a vibrant green shade, invoking the rainforest.
Photo Credit: Andrew Iser
On November 15th, Berlin was treated to the 1000th TED event worldwide, as the German capital held its second major TEDx conference: TEDx Berlin 2010.
The symposium marked a milestone in the history of the TED organization, proving once more that ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ are a currency with enormously high value.
'Tower Skin', LAVA's speculative transformation of the UTS tower in Broadway, has won a prize in the ZEROprize Re-Skinning Awards competition.
Zerofootprint, a leading organization in the global fight against climate change, announced the winners in Rio de Janeiro as part of the World Urban Forum 5 taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 22-26, 2010. Partner in the award is the United Nations Habitat, World Urban Campaign.
The ZEROprize Re-Skinning Awards are intended to 'stimulate market-disrupting improvements in the design and development of retrofitting and re-skinning technologies that enhance the energy efficiency and liveability of older buildings'.‘Tower Skin’ offers a unique opportunity to transform the identity, sustainability and interior comfort of a once state‐of‐the‐art building and can easily be applied to 1960s icons across the world.
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.
Those were the days:
Chris Bosse was invited to the final reviews at the Institut für Architektur, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien [University of Applied Arts, Vienna].
Greg Lynn, Wolf Prix, and Zaha Hadid. Wow, what a lineup!
Greg’s Studio Giant Robots was situated in Bondi Beach Sydney.
2009 Interior Design Awards Results
Best International Interior Design
30 NOVEMBER 2019
KACST construction update! The interior taking shape.
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
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”.
7 September 2019
LAVA has won two Golds in the 2019 Sydney Design Awards:
Central Park Ho Chi Minh City - under "Architecture - Proposed - International"
Eco Kid Kindergarten Vinh - under "Architecture - Public or Institutional"
And Silvers for other projects as well!
And - another GOLD in the New York Design Awards! For our Central Park design HCMC!!
14 August 2019
Excited to be a finalist in the 20th Australian Timber Design Awards for our Dream Lab children's writing centre in western Sydney.
Australian Timber Design Awards
Peoples’ Choice Voting – Vote Now!
24 July 2019
Construction progress on Hainan Ocean Flower Resort!
15 July 2019
Our Dream Lab in Parramatta, for the Sydney Story Factory has won a Good Design Award. It's the 2nd kids writing centre for the Sydney Story Factory. The Glue Society were our creative partners on the project.
25 June 2019
Alexander Rieck will be speaking at a BIM SUMMIT @ LAVA Stuttgart
And Tobias Wallisser wil be speaking at CreativeDays – "The Future of Cities – German and Indian Perspectives" with Rohan Shivkumar, Mumbai; Dita Leyh, Stuttgart on 16 July.
And Christian Tschersich, Senior Architect at LAVA Berlin will be speaking at SHARE X – Conference for Advanced Architecture (the 21st edition) in Bucharest in November.
"SHARE is one of the essential networking platforms for the construction-related fields in Central and Eastern Europe." It will have 3 major themes: Disruptive Technologies, Innovative Materials and Advanced Building Skins.
30 May 2019
LAVA, with schlaich bergermann partner and Latz + Partner, are through to the 2nd round of a competition to design a new foot and cycle bridge over the Neckar River. Commissioned by the City of Heidelberg and the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Heidelberg the aim is to create a comfortable, fast and safe route with open and green spaces along the bridge.
The minimalist design is a restrained bridge, coming from the Ochsenkopf along the eastern edge of the gneiss over the tops of the trees. Above the Neckar, the bridge widens to a seating landscape with balconies on the northern shore leading directly over the water. The ramp to the bridge, which climbs on a rampart, protects the middle of the Gneisenauplatz square from the street and the pedestrian and cycle paths are consistently intersection-free. The design sensitively integrates urban and green spaces.
A second competition stage due in March 2020 will again include citizen participation.
schlaich bergermann partner / Laboratory for Visionary Architecture / Latz+ Partner
6 May 2019
Tobias Wallisser: "Architecture lies between art and technology"
23 APRIL 2019
The German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai has broken ground!
At the Groundbreaking Ceremony: Tobias Wallisser LAVA; Dietmar Jähn (Mitte) facts and fiction; Harald Dosch NUSSLI Adunic.
© German Pavilion EXPO 2020 / Björn Lauen
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.
28 February 2019
LAVA's Tivoli kitchen is featured in Interior Design (NY) latest story on 'Minimal and industrial-inspired kitchens'.
These "pared-down kitchens combine simplicity and sophistication."
Other recent coverage includes Swiss landscape architecture magazine "anthos" latest issue is dedicated to forest cities. And includes this great piece on LAVA's Forest City.
15 February 2019
LAVA will be at MIPIM in March.
25 January 2019
LAVA is excited to be named as one of the top ten German architect firms on the avontuura website, “the architects guide to travel”!
".. contemporary German architecture [has a] strong emphasis on technical design solutions that are equal parts beautiful and functional. The Top 10 is a collection of what I believe are the best firms in the country..."
16 January 2019
Our Hainan Ocean Flower island is blooming from the air
Check out the project here: READ MORE
5 January 2019
Latest article on LAVA in dbz.
19 December 2018
Chris Bosse has been at Art Basel Miami checking out latest architecture and arts projects .
3 December 2018
Chris Bosse has been speaking at the Colores del Futuro, Universidad de San Pedro Sula, Usap, Honduras.
Bosse was interviewed by Honduran Iconosmag: "Para Chris Bosse, la arquitectura no se limita solamente a la proyección de sus ideas en el papel, sino más una actividad que fusiona ideas abstractas y concretas en creaciones atractivas."
25 November 2018
Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck are featured in two recent publications.
Wallisser is quoted in "Slumber Party - What do Millennials want?' published in Cladbook 2018 issue 1 which examines the impact of millennials on hospitality design. ‘Social media savvy, discerning, environmentally aware and hungry for experience, .. millennials are travelling more than any other demographic."
Rieck is quoted in the Villeroy and Boch e-book on the hotel (bathroom) of the future. Individuality, health, sustainability and biophilic design. "The bathroom of the future is adaptive ... bathrooms will become 'transformer bathrooms', changing to suit the situation and user."
The e-book can be downloaded here:
13 November 2018
LAVA was recently invited to imagine how the Pyrmont peninsula in Sydney could look by 2040.
LAVA propsoed a mixed-use precinct with an entertainment and mixed dining flavour that would complement the new Barangaroo development on the opposite side of the water.
“At the moment there are just scattered buildings. What is needed is a way for them to be connected,” LAVA director Chris Bosse was quoted in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.
“Pyrmont is so close to the city. There is enormous potential for residential, entertainment and hi-tech businesses all to be developed just five minutes from the CBD.”
25 October 2018
LAVA has won an international competition for a five star hotel, 250 luxury condotel and 300 apartment apartment tower in Hanoi for the Nam Cuong Company.
2 October 2018
Alexander Rieck recently spoke on how construction will change in the digital age at Aquatherm BIGGEXCHANGE International Symposium and Networking Event in Attendorn, Germany.
Photo credit Nadia Askar/RJ 2.0
22 September 2018
Campus Germany EXPO 2020 was just launched in Dubai – LAVA is proud to be part of an outstanding team to represent Germany.
20 August 2018
LAVA is thrilled to be part of the winning team for the German Pavilion at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, UAE!
Our partners are Cologne-based agency facts and fiction, Swiss construction company ADUNIC, and pavilion manager Koelnmesse.
Visuals and concepts will be revealed at a media conference in Cologne on 4th September!
28 July 2018
“Build digitally with artificial intelligence” says Alexander Rieck, who will be speaking at ORGATEC 23-26 October in Cologne. ORGATEC is an international trade fair for the modern working world featuring visionary concepts for a new work culture. http://www.orgatec.com/ORGATEC/index-2.php
And also in October he will be speaking at the Der KfW-BAK Energiekongress 2018 http://www.kfw-bak-kongress.de/workshops-2018.html
And also at Lüftung und Klima Das Symposium in September 2018 http://www.tab.de/news/trox-symposium-2018_3194581.html
18 July 2018
Alexander Rieck was one of the speakers the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) Annual General Meeting recently.
Prestigious Speakers Set the Tone for the IBU Annual General Meeting - For a society to become aware of its environmental responsibilities, it must have visionaries and pioneers – including from among its business community.
Rieck said: “In the area of digitisation, the construction industry still needs to catch up” .. We see artificial intelligence being used everywhere, but not in construction”.
21 June 2018
"Architecture is a tool that allows us to create new possibilities."
Tobias talks about the responsibilities of architecture. Asking the right questions, using technology to answer, with inspiration from nature.
13 June 2018
LAVA's Kindergarten in Hanoi with our partners Module K is fast taking shape...here's a walk through from a recent site visit.
1 June 2018
Alexander Rieck will be speaking on "Wie sich das Bauwesen im digitalen Zeitalter ändern wird" at the IBU-Mitgliederversammlung 2018 RAHMENPROGRAMM on June in Berlin, 9.30 – 13.00
And at the 2nd Knauf Forum Baukultur on 14 June in Iphofen on "Digital planning and construction, the future and vision of building in the age of digitisation."
25 May 2018
Excavations have started for the Future Energy Tower in Heidelberg!
In the coming months, the 2m deep foundations for the storage tank, which will have a diameter of 30m, will be built.
8 May 2018
Four page story in the March issue of Boutique Design Magazine NY
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.
10 April 2018
Our youth hostel in Bayreuth is one of 100 nominated buildings on the longlist of the DAM Award for Architecture in Germany 2019.
The German Architecture Museum (DAM) awards the DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany annually. A special exhibition at the DAM accompanies the German Architecture Yearbook. http://www.dam-preis.de/de/
And LAVA has been nominated for the 4th edition of the 2018 Architecture Awards hosted by BUILD, UK. https://www.build-review.com/2018-architecture-awards-2018-…
12 February 2018
LAVA is celebrating the Lunar New Year by announcing new projects in Vietnam. We've have recently won two international competitions - for a mixed-use development Tien Bo City and the Detech company headquarters. And we’re designing a residential/office tower in Van Phu, an experiential Dilmah tea shop, and, with our HCMC-based design partner Module K, a series of kindergartens.
29 January 2018
LAVA's Youth Hostel has recently opened in Bayreuth, Germany.
It’s the new generation of youth hostels - beyond just a clean shower and bed.
LAVA’s concept for the sports hostel is:
1. International - the design creates a feeling of the place and combines it with modern design elements
2. Innovative – a new spatial configuration of the whole sports facility, individual room modules, material use and design.
3. Integrated – inclusive ‘barrier-free’ building, grounds and facilities
LAVA chose a ‘Y’ shape for the 180-bed hostel because it cleverly generates a connective central space and interweaves the interior and exterior spaces, offering expansive views and multiple accessible openings to the sports fields and gardens.
12 NOVEMBER 2017
LAVA is excited to be working with the Sydney Story Factory on its new site in western Sydney!
It’s a heritage-listed cottage built in the late 1830s. During the 1840s and 50s it was the family home of Count Lucien de Broel Plater. A wealthy nobleman who had served in the army, the Count fled Poland after helping to lead an uprising against the Russians. He lived there with his 10 sons and daughters, and opened a confectionary shop.
We are working with Berents Project Management and The Glue Society on the design. More to come soon!
11 OCTOBER 2017
LAVA's plans for a reinvisioned Garden Island in Sydney are in Sydney's 'Daily Telegraph' newspaper.
"THIS could be the stunning new look of Sydney Harbour if plans to open up Garden Island come to fruition. The revamp is the brainchild of an award-winning Sydney-based architect", says the Tele.
“It is an opportunity to .. create a new city precinct on the waterfront, something like the Tate Modern in London,” LAVA director Chris Bosse said.
“The idea is that we return Garden Island to garden with green technology and naturally cooling buildings.”
4 August 2017
BREAKING GOOD - BEACON OF HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
LAVA's new energy storage tower for Stadtwerke Heidelberg (SWH) in Heidelberg, Germany has broken ground.
LAVA’s design will transform the new water tank, a cylindrical-shaped storage centre, into a dynamic sculpture, a city icon, a knowledge hub on sustainable energy, fully accessible to the public, a strong symbol of the transition towards renewables.
19 July 2017
LAVA has won a Commendation in the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2017 International Chapter Architecture Awards for our Philips Lighting Headquarters.
2 June 2017
LAVA’s membrane pavilion showcases a new installation, ‘Inside the Flower’, an experiential medicinal garden by Australian artist Janet Laurence at the International Garden Exposition (IGA) Berlin.
LAVA collaborated with Janet Laurence to materialise her laboratory-like space of discovery, an exhibition of medicinal plants, showcasing the diversity and ambivalence of botany.
Taking Laurence’s concept design LAVA created the sculptural pavilion based on the geometric structure of a medicinal plant, a fabricated cellular environment inspired by plant anatomy.
A transparent mesh membrane made of natural cotton is wrapped around the outside of the pavilion structure. The stainless steel cupola has twelve ribs to support a central ring, with two industrial perspex skylights forming a lens. This inflated translucent water bubble connects with tubes and hanging vials of plant fluids. Five rings of curvy shelves house cellular clusters to display the plants.
Both botanical display and performative space it allows visitors explore the plant world from the inside.
The Pavilion is on display until 15 October 2017.
10 May 2017
LAVA has won a prize in the UK Corporate LiveWire 2017 Architecture Awards for companies who have shown "excellence in their work, continuously shown dedication and outperformed others in the industry".
The award is for Innovation in Environmentally-Friendly Urban Planning
2 May 2017
Alexander Rieck, LAVA director, is on the Judging Panel of the 3rd edition of the Laka Competition.
The Laka Foundation is a non-profit architectural organisation which holds an annual international competition for socially responsible architecture - “Architecture that Reacts”.
24 March 2017
Le Parisien Magazine + Aujourd’hui en France Magazine (weekly supplements of the daily newspapers Le Parisien and Aujourd’hui en France) have published a story on our Forest City design in Malaysia.
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.
4 February 2017
A great article on our Phillips Lighting Centre in UK's Architectural Record magazine.
27 January 2017
LAVA's design for a new restaurant, Olio Kensington Street, in inner Sydney, is inspired by the ingredients of Sicily.. luscious green olive oil, a leisurely stroll in the afternoon.
LAVA created a passeggiata, using Sicilian tiles, that flows through the restaurant and connects the kitchen, bar, dining and rooftop areas. This circulation system subdivides the floor area, separating serving spaces and served spaces and is also expressed in the ceiling with a layered green ribbon reflecting the layout.
Two pieces of ‘furniture’, free flowing joinery elements for kitchen and bar, and soft, dripping, LED-lit lines on the joinery, interpret the idea of flowing oil.
The restaurant is an exciting new addition to the transformation of the Chippendale area.
20 DECEMBER 2016
Our Tivoli Terrace kitchen is one of "8 Simply Amazing Kitchens" in Interior Design NY December, 2016
30 NOVEMBER 2016
The November 2016 issue of Interior Design NY magazine features LAVA's Philips Headquarters in a story on new office projects
7 November 2016
Sydney Design Awards!
Russ the Bus
Sydney Airport Duty Free Shop
7 November 2016
LAVA judges at World Architecture Festival again in 2016!
Tobias Wallisser and Chris Bosse are judges at the WAF awards in home territory Berlin, Germany from 16 - 18 November 2016.
"We are looking forward to sharing our city with the worlds architects. LAVA has been judging at the WAF since Barcelona in 2009. We were shortlisted with MASDAR, we've given talks with Foster, presented our own projects including the Addis Stadium and have been on numerous different juries."
12 OCTOBER 2016
Beacon, knowledge centre, tourist attraction and … energy storage centre.
LAVA’s winning competition entry for an energy park and energy storage building in Heidelberg, Germany for the Stadtwerke Heidelberg Energie, will commence construction in 2017.
The existing cylindrical-shaped storage centre is turned into a dynamic sculpture, a city icon, a knowledge hub on sustainable energy and fully accessible to the public with city views.
4 OCTOBER 2016
Tobias Wallisser is giving talks at:
ORGATEC in Cologne - VitrA Projekt-Werkstätten: Architektur und Design erleben. His topic: "LAVA – from master-plans and urban centres to homes made out of PET bottles."
INNOVATIVE URBAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING FOR MEGACITIES IN CHINA. The Network for Architecture Exchange (NAX), an initiative of the Federal Chamber of German Architects (Bundesarchitekten- kammer - BAK), will host the congress to be held on October 13th 2016, at the Tsinghua University Architectural College in Beijing.
9 SEPTEMBER 2016
LAVA has been selected as the 2016 Laureate of the prestigious European Prize for Architecture.
"The European Centre presents Europe's most influential architects nominated for The European Prize for Architecture. The European Prize for Architecture recognises those influential architects that have changed and challenged the direction of contemporary architecture today and who have blazoned a more humane and intellectual approach to architecture."
Previous Laureates include: Bjarke Ingels (Denmark), Graft Architects (Germany), TYIN Architects (Norway), Marco Casagrande (Finland), Alessandro Mendini (Italy), and Santiago Calatrava (Spain/Switzerland).
Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, President/CEO of The Chicago Athenaeum said: “We are delighted to present The European Prize for Architecture to this young, inventive, and exuberant architecture firm that stands at the crossroads in their aspiring career. The European Prize for Architecture is not a ‘lifetime of achievement award,’ but rather serves as an impetus to support new ideas, to encourage and foster more challenge-making and forward-thinking about buildings and the environment, and to prompt the pushing of the envelope to obtain an even greater, more profound result.”
29 July 2016
LAVA’s new ‘regional products duty free area’ has opened at Sydney International Airport.
Its an abstract representation of Sydney Harbour with headlands, inlets, coves and beaches. Featuring living Australian bush, the cave-like shelves create an experiential showcase for regional Sydney products.
7 July 2016
LET THERE BE (INTELLIGENT) LIGHT
LAVA's design for the recently completed Philips Lighting Headquarters in Eindhoven, The Netherlands features a welcoming atrium with intelligent lights in a parametric designed ‘tree’ to generate different scenarios, boosting communication, interchange and wellbeing for staff and visitors.
LAVA, with partners INBO and JHK, designed the adaptation of the mid 20th century building for the new headquarters. The aim was to design public and work spaces that embrace the innovative, people-centric values of the lighting technology company.
“The atrium, originally the central courtyard of the 1950s building, was designed as a place of welcome, way finding, branding and staff interaction, and therefore had to be strong spatially,” said LAVA director Alexander Rieck.
“Light was obviously the main driver but LAVA’s design goes beyond just showcasing technical solutions – it explores a deeper understanding of the nature of light. Light is only visible to the human eye when it reflects on something, so the sculpture gives shape and visibility to light. Light is used for information, visualisation, emotion and enabling - our tool to create a volume of space.”
LAVA's design of the office spaces fosters innovation with special environments created for different work situations – from concentration to communication, activation to relaxation.
16 June 2016
LAVA Berlin team at the Topping Out ceremony of the Bayreuth Youth Hostel!
4 June 2016
LAVA's digital origami monkeys are swinging in the trees in Chinatown, Sydney for Vivid Festival from 3-12 June.
“LAVA has previously created digital origami tigers and elephants. We were invited by the Market of Lights organiser Haymarket Chamber of Commerce to create the monkey light sculptures (in celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Monkey) to hang from the eight trees in the heart of Chinatown for local and international festival visitors of all ages to enjoy,” said Chris Bosse, director of LAVA.
The monkeys combine ancient Chinese lantern making methods with cutting edge digital design and fabrication technology, bringing east and west together through tradition and innovation.
The life size monkeys are made of a lightweight fully recyclable lampshade material, polypropylene. Low energy LED lighting bring the sculptures to life.
“LAVA is pleased to be working within the historical and culturally diverse area of Haymarket through the language of art and light with this installation. A popular figure in Chinese culture, many of the world's monkeys, apes and other primates are in danger of becoming extinct, so we also hope to draw attention to their plight,” he added.
LAVA worked with lighting designer Michael Day, Lecturer, School of Design, UTS, to create the installation.
The installation was launched during the Vivid Light Walk which features more than 60 spectacular light art installations, large-scale illuminations and mesmerising 3D-mapped building projections.
26 MAY 2016
Tivoli Terrace has been shortlisted in the Sydney Design Award.
Awards Trophy Presentation will be held 7th September. Winners will be announced 4th August.
21 MAY 2016
Tivoli Terrace has been shortlisted in the NSW AIA Awards in the Interior Architecture category. Winners will be announced on Friday 1 July in Sydney.
17 MAY 2016
Chris Bosse’s 'Last Word' has featured in the current issue of Home Design Magazine.
17 MAY 2016
Tivoli Terrace has just featured in habitusliving
2 MAY 2016
PLEASE join us this Thursday for an exciting talk: Space and Community : DESIGNS FOR NOT FOR PROFITS
5 May 2016
Cosentino, 30/69 O'Riordan Street Alexandria SYDNEY
5:30 pm Registration
Three Sydney architects, Chris Bosse, Stephen Collier and David Anderson, will be sharing their thoughts and experiences on the challenges, joys, rewards and opportunities of bringing design excellence to community groups - from earthquake victims to school kids to literary festivals to rural villages.
These internationally known designers regard it as refreshing to put effort and time in working with non-profit organisations. Serving the broader community through good architecture brings efficient, sustainable and beautiful design to those most in need. And their own creativity is sharpened and extended through thinking about design within limited budgets and for basic needs, for people in other cultures, places and spaces.
And have a rare opportunity to inspect LAVA’s RUSS THE BUS FOR THE SYDNEY WRITERS FESTIVAL PARKED OUTSIDE THE VENUE
Cost $20 [all proceeds to Architects Without Frontiers]
More details on the link -
7 April 2016
New snapshot of construction underway on our Bayreuth Youth Hostel.
Tobias Wallisser, Berlin director, says: "The beam around the staircase was a difficult piece of engineering as this is an upstand beam that wraps around a void. The concrete work is done - all looks great. Now the woodwork has started."
30 March 2016
Our Rinascente project has been published in this new book by Artpower International Publishing of Hong Kong.
30 March 2016
Our Tivoli Terrace was in Italy's national daily la Repubblica on the weekend
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.
5 February 2016
LAVA's Sydney harbour-inspired 'regionals' area for Heinemann at Sydney International Airport is now open!
Its the regional products duty free area and the design is based on the eroded sandstone rock faces of Sydney harbour.
12 January 2016
Our Masdar project was featured in the book "The Greening of Architecture: A Critical History and Survey of Contemporary Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design" by Dr. Phill Tabb, Professor of Architecture, Texas A&M University.
21 December 2015
Half of the concrete works for our new youth hostel in Bayreuth are done!
17 December 2015
Our Classroom of the Future appeared on the cover of Owl, a Canadian based magazine for school kids.
24 November 2015
LAVA has designed an installation of 145 digital origami elephants for the Thailand (Small) Festival of Light which opens on 15 December, 2015. The festival will commemorate the 2015 Bangkok bombing.
The elephants will be installed on one of the skywalks that run up above street level at Ratchaprasong Junction, in the heart of Bangkok, site of the bombing.
16 November 2015
"A perfect example of how to make a tiny space sing. Architect Chris Bosse .. takes one itty-bitty Paddington terrace and opens it up to create a gloriously fresh, spacious and sunny home."
So say the editors of the Sun Herald: READ MORE HERE
And here's the full page story they are talking about: READ MORE HERE
More details on the project: TIVOLI TERRACE
7 November 2015
Chris Bosse' Sydney terrace house is one of four winners in the AIS Smeg competition - the winners go on a tour to the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
6 November 2015
Russ the Bus is now on the road taking books to kids across western Sydney. LAVA transformed an old bus into a vibrant reading space.
More images soon.
Photo: Prudence Upton
30 October 2015
Construction has started on our high rise towers in Hangzhou, called the Zheijang Gate.
25 October 2015
Talks, talks, talks. LAVA directors are sharing their expertise across the globe.
Over the next few weeks Tobias Wallisser will be giving talks at the Asia Pacific Road Conference in Singapore More info and the Symposium Digital Design at RMIT Singapore and the 3-rd ETEM Facade conference in Sofia on facade engineering More info.
And Alexander Rieck is speaking at the PLDC [Professional Lighting Design Convention] in sunny Rome. More here He'll have the opportunity to attend a special excursion to the Sistine Chapel, which recently received a new LED lighting solution. And MAXXI, Rome's national gallery of contemporary art and architecture designed by Zaha Hadid.
Meanwhile Chris Bosse will be on the jury for the sixth time at the World Architecture Festival, to be held in Singapore from 4-6 November, its 50th year. Key topics for this year’s festival include cities and urbanism, imaging the future and designing for tomorrow. MORE INFO
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.
29 July 2015
LAVA's concept to revitalise a brutalist residential building in Sydney is in today's Sydney Morning Herald.
"Rather than freezing architecture for an eternity, I think it's much better to adapt it to current circumstances," Bosse.
17 July 2015
An official breaking ground event was held with to mark the beginning of construction of the Bayreuth Youth Hostel in Bavaria Germany.
LAVA unveiled renderings, perspective sections, elevations, diagrams of toilets, showers and guest rooms, and showcased a mock up of rooms at the official construction ceremony. LAVA directors and team members plus the Lord Mayor of Bayreuth, the president and the directors of the Bavarian chapter of the German Youth Hostel Association and members of the Bavarian Parliament attended the event.
The ‘Y’ shape 180-bed sports hostel will feature innovative spatial configurations, sustainability at environmental, and structural and social levels, and integrated sporting facilities and include facilities for wheelchair athletes.
Pictured are Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck, Julian Fahrenkamp (project leader of the youth hostel) and Angelika Hermann (construction planning, youth hostel).
25 June 2015
LAVA's Solar Charging Station is featured in this month's issue of DETAIL magazine.
19 June 2015
FDN and LAVA's Bosse Bridge - a sustainable modular ultra high strength concrete bridge - has been awarded another prize! This time its the Dutch Concrete Award 2013/2014.
5 June 2015
Tobias Wallisser lectured at the Indesem Delft in a session on "NEW AESTHETIC MATTERS" at a workshop week at TU Delft exploring robots in architecture. The talk and the discussion was about new aesthetics related to new digital tools. There were about 100 students, the Dean of TU Delft and Greg Lynn with whom Wallisser studied at Columbia.
Listen to Tobias' talk "the medium is the message" here: [at 27.4] LISTEN
21 May 2015
Alexander Rieck at a Parliament Magazine event on modern cities and the future of the high street.
"Rieck highlighted that the urban situation is becoming increasingly complex, and that many key features of city life are changing, including, 'energy providers, construction, while mobility is set to be a main game changer'.
19 May 2015
Chris Bosse will be speaking at ICONOPHILIA: SPECTACULAR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN, a Symposium on 30 May at CURB Centre for Architecture and Urbanism in Macau SAR China. The conference is organised by the Department of Architecture and Design at the University of Saint Joseph.
12 May 2015
Chris Bosse will lecture at several universities in Taiwan in the first week of June.Come along if you are free.
14 April 2015
Jochen Paul has written a review in BAUWELT on our VISIONAREALITY exhibition at Architekturgalerie Munich.
14 April 2015
Alexander Rieck and Tobias Wallisser spoke recently at the Van Alen Institute meeting. The series of discussions were held at the MIPIM conference and explored critical questions such as What are the biggest design challenges of the future? How to select the right architect for your job?
LAVA joined the Insitute last year.
Other participants included Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN, Monica Schmallensee of White, Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, Cor Zadelhoff of Zadelhoff Group, Sasa Radulovic of 5468796 Architecture, David West of Studio Egret West, Edward Lalonde of Olson Kundig Architects, Jay Berman of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Claire Fellman of Snøhetta, and Francesco Veenstra of Mecanoo architecten.
3 MARCH 2015
Our Tigers are the opening act in this new book "Animal Kingdom' published by Sendpoints with an eight page story.
3 MARCH 2015
Construction of the new Headquarters of Philips Lighting in Eindhoven, designed by LAVA, is nearing completion. Just 5 kilometres of steel wire and 1500 panels still to hang!
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
12 January 2015
VISIONAREALITY opens on 20h January 2015 - 14th February 2015
Architektur Galerie, Munich
25 November 2014
LAVA teams from Stuttgart and Berlin gathered recently for an inspirational weekend full of workshops, presentations, good food and culture in Germany's capital Berlin! A total of 40 team members shared knowledge at LAVA’s offices in Berlin-Mitte, enjoyed lunch at creative project space Agora, visited architecture forum AEDAS, toured the former airfield of Tempelhof and walked along the Lichtgrenze: a light installation celebrating the 25 years of the Fall of the Wall.
And Chris Bosse joined the meeting via web stream giving a visionary update from down under.
24 SEPTEMBER 2014
The letter ‘Y’ is the shape of a new youth hostel in Bayreuth, Germany.
LAVA’s design is a yardstick for the sports hostel of the future through innovative spatial configurations, sustainability at environmental, and structural and social levels, and integrated sporting facilities.
LAVA chose the letter ‘Y’ shape because the geometry creates a building shape that interweaves interior and exterior space and generates a connective and beautiful central space offering expansive views and multiple openings to the sport fields and gardens. The central atrium is a hub for offline and online entertainment, interaction and communication. Here a skylight provides natural daylight to a central amphitheatre that connects the different levels, whilst horizontal and diagonal sightlines direct guests to different building functions.
There are flexible room walls with contemporary modular ‘built-in furniture’ elements; and rooms, grounds and sports fields are all wheelchair accessible.
Construction on the new 180-bed hostel starts in early 2015.
22 SEPTEMBER 2014
Chris Bosse will be speaking at the IDCON conference in Kl in early October.
16 SEPTEMBER 2014
Tobias Wallisser will be one of the curators for an international symposium in Ludwigsburg in October. "Raumwelten" examines Scenography, Architecture and Media: How do spaces influence the “user” and stimulate encounters between people? Which messages, narratives, and emotions do spaces evoke? The Raumwelten Art & Research stream sees international experts, creatives and curators present trends and developments of communication in space in different panels. Wallisser will curate - “Beyond Construction – Innovative approaches to space production". MORE INFO
There is also a transcript of the talk Tobias gave on the ‘city of the future’ at the re:publica conference here: MORE INFO
14 September 2014
Chris Bosse will take the Manly entrepreneur group MAD on a journey from the award-winning Beijing Olympics Watercube to a small no-budget writing centre for young people in Redfern named the Martian Embassy, to the sustainable city of the future in Abu Dhabi via a series of adventures such as an artificial island in South China, a tower for Michael Schumacher, an interactive bookshelf for an art gallery in Paddington and the joy of running an office in 3 time zones.
The talk takes place on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at Berrins 40 East Esplanade, Manly
14 September 2014
Chris Bosse will be judging again at the WAF World Architecture Festival Singapore 2014.
For the 5th year in a row Chris is delighted to be part of the illustrous circle of judges for the WAF festival.
"it is always a pleasure to look at new work from around the world and debate it with the fellow judges from all walks of life. The atmosphere of WAF is amazing and the quality seems to be getting better every year."
Chris will also be speaking on Game-changers – getting to the next level at the Festival Hall Stage on Friday 3 October 2014.
2 September 2014
The changing lights of the red planet that feature in our Martian Embassy have captured the gaze of Germany's Licht Magazine which has published a nice two page story.
1 August 2014
Thanks to our partners with the Greenland Centre: Brookfield Multiplex and UTJ Interiors. Good to work with you! And of course PTW!
15 July 2014
There's an eight page story on our stadium in Addis Ababa in 'Pioneer Architecture-Frozen Culture' just published by Hong Kong Architecture Science Press.
15 July 2014
'An organic Cocoon' ... Harmonies Magazine in Lebanon has published our Greenland Display Centre.
23 June 2014
Last week we signed a cooperation agreement with Hubei Province government and industry.
23 June 2014
Spheres and voids .. Our Green Void project is featured in Arhitext, a thematically focussed magazine published in Romania for the last 20 years.
13 June 2014
Chris Bosse recently spoke at the ‘Architecture and Urban Tourism’ at the 2nd International Architourism Conference 29‐30 May at Mashhad, Iran.
He reports: 'the conference was a fascinating event with international guest speakers as well as local experts and urbanists'.
Chris's talk explored how Iran can connect 6000 years of cultural and architectural heritage and history with contemporary tourism infrastructure. Challenges: everything from visas to transport to accommodation. 'Tourists are looking for an authentic Persian experience but with all the comforts they are used to'. Strong emphasis was made in not copying other tourism strategies of Dubai or Las Vegas but embracing the Iranian past and present to provide a sustainable touristic future.
Mosques, squares, murqanas, play of coloured lights, reflection ponds and consideration of religion.
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.
15 May 2014
"Vision: Intelligenter Turm."
Our Bionic Tower features in the current issue of Saturn magazin published by Austrian Weekend Magazin Publishing House (www.weekendverlag.at)
13 May 2014
EPHEMERAL - they wow us for a while but then they disappear - exhibitions, advertising, events, shows.
So we're very happy to have our Green Void and Digital Origami projects in the latest book 'Ephemeral' by Barcelona publisher Monsa.
"an overview of the latest design trends in ephemeral architecture. ..They have been built to disappear, but its symbolism is such that [they] end [up] remaining in time."
18 March 2014
Our Greenland Display Suite, with PTW, has just been short listed in the 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards in the Installation Design category. Only one third of entries made it through this first phase.
The awards will be announced at a gala presentation dinner in May and are a partnership event of the Design Institute of Australia, designEX and ARTICHOKE.
More info: AIDA
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 FEBRUARY 2014
Our sustainable modular concrete bridge in Rotterdam has been given a 'Special Mention' at the 2014 fib Award for Outstanding Concrete Structures.
Dubbed the 'Bosse Bridge' by our partner FDN Engineering and Construction, the bridge references LAVA's branching structures in its railings.
The 19m long bridge is made from nine cubes of concrete.
FDN’s demonstration project aims to show that ultra high strength concrete bridges with a very thin concrete deck are possible. It can carry a twelve tonne vehicle and the modular system means a bridge 30m x 5m can be transported in twenty-foot containers around the world economically.
More info: FIB AWARDS
28 January 2014
Neue deutshe Welle...
LAVA is featured in the German AW magazine piece on "young German architects" with nice two page story.
10 December 2013
LAVA has designed a display suite for a new mixed-use tower in Sydney that merges natural materials and fluid harmonious space with high tech fabrication technologies. The freeform furniture and curvy walls and ceilings take the visitor through a journey of the new building.
The marketing suite design combines LAVA’s creativity and innovation with PTW’s longstanding track record in the delivery of world-class buildings.
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
26 NOVEMBER 2013
Luke Scully, a year 9 student, made a model of our Classroom of the Future for a school project.
He writes: "I was very interested in all of the things that were implemented into the building to make it efficient and reliable as well as still effective and able to be a classroom. I made a model of the building, using the pictures you have on your website as well as looked into the building and all it has to offer and simplified and expanded all of the information so that other people can understand it better. P.S. It was extremely hard to make it with all the curves.."
Well done Luke!
4 NOVEMBER 2013
Tobias Wallisser will be participating in the International Scenography Biennial, an international platform on scenography, architecture and design to be held in Ludwigsburg from 7-10 November.
Dance, installation, performance and architectural spaces will be discussed at the inaugural event, entitled THE ART OF HOLISTIC DESIGN, curated by Uwe R. Brückner and Céline Kruska.
Scenographic spatial design .. utilises ‘theatrical, cinematic and artistic means to create unequalled spatial dramaturgies’.
Wallisser will moderate a session on ARCHITECTURAL SPACES – PHYSICAL MORPHOGENESIS.
9 NOVEMBER 2013
Italy's RAI TV were at the Martian Embassy in Sydney on Friday morning interviewing LAVA Australia's four Italian-born team members and LAVA director Chris Bosse - in Italian!
Shown here is Alessandra Moschella being inteviewed by Rocco Contini.
Interview coming soon!
15 OCTOBER 2013
ID View magazine, China, has published two page stories on the Martian Embassy and the Emergency Shelter in its latest issue.
LAVA's Martian Embassy is the home of the Sydney Story Factory, a creative writing centre for kids, and has already won several design awards.
A scale model of the digital origami shelter featured in the 'Emergency Shelter' exhibition that explored solutions for housing people in the wake of disaster.
“International Decoration View” is a bi-monthly magazine presenting trends and achievements in the design industry to 5,0000 readers in the main cities in China. See the whole magazine here:IDVIEW
30 SEPTEMBER 2013
The Martian Embassy is a finalist in the BPN Sustainability Awards, with the winner announced on 21 November.
More details: BPN
4 SEPTEMBER 2013
Our 'RE-LOVED PANTON CHAIR' features in a new arts and design magazine from India - Arts Illustrated
LAVA sliced up the 1967 Panton chair for the 'Re-loved: designer stories exhibition' at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, in 2010. Represented as slices, similar to an MRI scan, made visible the Panton chair’s complex three-dimensional geometry. LAVA was 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. LAVA chose Panton's design classic because it relates to current design and manufacturing techniques.
Arts Illustrated is published bi-monthly across 12 key cities in India. AI
4 SEPTEMBER 2013
OUR AWARD WINNING EMBASSY IN NEW BOOK
An eight page story on the Martian Embassy is in the recently published 'Fashion Shop - New Cases of International Interior Design' by CIP publishing China
19 July 2012
Chris Bosse discusses why LAVA believes that 'one day all cities will be like Masdar City@UAE' in Surfaces Reporter magazine, India.
4 JULY 2013
LETS GO TO MARS .... Five page story on the Martian Embassy in China's a+a July issue. Bimonthly a+a Magazine (Architectural Society of China) was established in 1981.
9 JULY 2013
US/UK based Arch2o website recently interviewed Chris Bosse on coffee, inspiration, favourite music, latest book and advice to young architects...
Bosse suggests: Breathe. Relax. Then draw.
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
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
17 June 2013
Chris Bosse and Tobias Wallisser will give three presentations in China this week.
They will speak at a Building Technology Innovation Forum in Beijing on Wednesday; present ‘Digital Cathedrals and the City of the Future – Case Studies’ at the 3rd Annual Facade Design & Engineering in Shanghai on Thursday; and lecture at Tongji University on "FORM FOLLOWS FICTION, If everything is possible, what do we want?"
The presentations will be a journey through LAVA's projects, the concepts of 'green is the new black' and 'more with less', and nature and technology to create high quality environments for the 21st century.
28 June 2013
LAVA’s Martian Embassy has won two more design awards - the Premier’s Award and a Commendation in the Small Project category at the NSW AIA awards 2013.
The Martian Embassy is the home for the Sydney Story Factory, a creative writing centre for young people. The design, a fusion of whale, rocket and time tunnel, aims to awaken creativity in kids. The immersive space of oscillating plywood ribs is animated by red planet light and sound projections.
Chris Bosse, director of LAVA, said: “LAVA is honoured to receive both the prestigious Premier’s award, chosen from the entire field of entries across all categories, and the Commendation from our peers.”
Bosse said: "This project is not only about architecture. It is about storytelling, and fostering creativity."
"We worked with an amazing team of creatives from Will O'Rourke and the Glue Society to fulfil the brief, and dreams, of our very inspired clients. And with the help of many professionals such as Redwood Projects and Berents Project Management and many, many volunteers."
The Premier’s prize is awarded by the NSW Premier from a shortlist of architectural projects selected by the NSW Government Architect which ‘are of benefit to the people of NSW and provide public enjoyment – educational, cultural, transport or accommodation facilities’. The Small Projects category is for design solutions 'often constrained by space or cost restrictions, but which have achieved a level of invention, creativity and craftsmanship beyond those constraints'.
The Embassy has previously won the Sydney Design Award and the Australian Timber Design Award.
More information: http://architectureau.com/articles/2013-nsw-architecture-awards/
3 May 2013
A new book on paper art, PARADISE OF PAPER ART, features six pages on LAVA projects detailing the Christmas Windows installation at la Rinascente department store in Milan and the Digital Origami workshop in Sydney. There are 66 designers and 1000 works in 512 pages.
More details: DESIGNER BOOKS
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.
3 May 2013
LAVA is one of six practices shortlisted in the SMALL PROJECTS CATEGORY of the NSW AIA awards.
From Architecture and Design: "NSW Chapter President Joe Agius said that .. "the juries were confident that the shortlist for this year’s Awards represented the best in current architectural practice from across the state" ..... Notably .. the Martian Embassy by LAVA is in the running for the small project architecture award.'
The 2013 NSW prize winners will be announced on 27 June.
More details: ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
NSW Awards AIA awards
18 April 2013
The Australian's monthly Wish magazine has featured the Secret Garden project in Berlln. Bosse says of the surprise discovery of the 1905 cabaret by Berln developer Dirk Moritz: "It was like finding a train station in Sydney's CBD that no one knew about."
31 May 2013
Three LAVA projects are featured in 'Display and Space' Vol 2 - Myer Shell Set, the Sherman Bibliotheca and the RAIA Bar.
21 March 2013
"The international architectural firm LAVA has been entrusted with the planning of the revitalisation project entitled "Secret Garden"."
Our Secret Garden project in Berlin has been featured in DETAIL Magazine.
21 March 2013
CHIC HAUS magazine in Mexico features Martian Embassy in its March issue.
And LAVA's shell set for the 2011 Myer fashion show is featured in 'Landscape Design'.
Both magazines recently published by Dallan University of Technology, China.
Plastic House, LBBW Immobilien Headquarters, Masdar city centre and Mexico resort each have double page spreads in this great new book published by INTERNATIONAL NEW ARCHITECTURE, China. And we’re on the front cover too!
Plastic House, LBBW Immobilien Headquarters, Masdar city centre and Mexico resort each have double page spreads in this great new book published by INTERNATIONAL NEW ARCHITECTURE, China.
And we’re on the front cover too!
22 October 2012
Urban Landscape Furniture, published by Hi-design International Publishing (Hong Kong), features the Emergency Shelter on the front page and a four page story. Plus a two page story on the Digital Origami Tigers.
28 November 2012
LAVA is creating the new interior spaces for an old cabaret theatre dating from the roaring '20s. The abandoned 1920s cabaret theatre has been recently uncovered in the heart of Berlin.
The music hall theatre 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.
Discovered by accident by Dirk Moritz of the Moritz Gruppe, the three level musical hall and restaurant was a cabaret venue and featured a grand ballroom, a theatre, beautiful wall paintings and vaulted stuccoed ceilings.
Project developers, MORITZ GRUPPE, will renovate the three story building, called the SECRET GARDEN, which will comprise spaces for small scale performances and exhibitions, studios, meetings and conferences, and luxury apartments for short term and executive rental.
They asked LAVA to work with them on the design of the spaces.
WORLD ARCHITECTURE NEWS previews the project: WAN
22 November 2012
LAVA has won the Interior Design - Public/Institutional for the Martian Embassy at the Sydney Design Awards.
The red planet team: LAVA, Will O'Rourke, The Glue Society and our fabulous client The Sydney Story Factory.
4 October 2012
Four page piece on the Martian Embassy in Thailand's B-1 design magazine September 2012
28 September 2012
LAVA's Martian Embassy for the Sydney Story Factory has won an award for excellence in timber panelling at the Australian Timber Awards.
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.
7 September 2012
Germany's Stadionwelt INSIDE features a four page story on the stadium in Addis Ababa .. article and interview with Chris Bosse.
18 September 2012
ASK Magazine in Cairo presents the 'top five architectural projects that have made their debut on a global level'.
The four page story features two projects by LAVA.
The ADDIS ABABA STADIUM is a 'structure made to capture the soul of the African spirit'. LAVA won the competition for the new stadium with our partners DESIGNSPORT and local Ethiopian firm JDAW.
And ASTANA RAILWAY is 'a new push for redefining design for transportation facilities'.
25 July 2012
Glocal Design Magazine, Mexico, showcases LAVA's design for the German Government's bid to host the headquarters of the Green Climate Fund.Glocal
19 July 2012
The latest issue of Dorogoy magazine features LAVA's Masdar project. The magazine is read in Central Asia, Kazakhstan and UAE.
19 June 2012
Football and athletics-loving Ethiopians 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
LAVA and DESIGNSPORT collaborated with local Ethiopian firm JDAW to win the international architecture competition for a national stadium and sports village, awarded by the Federal Sport Commission, Ethiopia.
Construction is due to start in 2014.
6 June 2012
Three page story on Classroom of the Future in 'Walls and Roofs' magazine, South Africa.
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
10 May 2012
Casas Magazine in Peru features Berchtesgaden Youth Hostel.
10 May 2012
LAVA's plan for the city centre of Masdar UAE features in a Berliner Zeitung story on cities of the future.
The story also apeared in the Frankfurter Rundschau.
"Die Metropolen der Welt haben mit gewaltigen Problemen zu kämpfen. Deshalb suchen Forscher die ideale Stadt - und arbeiten an Konzepten für die Stadt von morgen. Auch Deutschland will dabei stärker mitmischen."
13 April 2012
Chris Bosse is the inaugural speaker in a new hybrid arts lecture series in Moscow as part of Lexus Hybrid Art project 2012.
1,000 guests will attend the lecture on 19 April and 10,000 on-line viewers are expected to tune into this launch event entitled “Digital Cathedrals and the city of the future - man, technology, nature: synergy in the urban environment”.
Bosse was selected as a ‘leader of the new generation of environmentally responsible architects’ and ‘probably knows what the future will look like because he is building it himself’, according to the organisers marka:ff.
‘I’m really excited about my first trip to Russia. I’m keen to experience first hand the legacy of Russian suprematist and constructivist art and architecture and an extraordinary culture that seems to have undergone significant transformation over the past ten years,’ said Bosse.
‘I look forward to sharing how we intend to develop the urban environment in the coming decades through LAVA’s vision of MORE WITH LESS: more (architecture) with less (material/ energy/time/cost) and meeting members of the local design industry who share LAVA ideas.’
Lexus Hybrid Art, established two years ago, features, in 2012, public lectures by the leading minds in the hybrid world, grants for Russian artists working at the crossroads of art and science, and an international exhibition of hybrid art.
The lecture on April 19th is at ARTPLAY Design Center, a hotspot for contemporary art in Moscow and is free to the public.
There will be a live stream of the lecture aton April 19 at 9:15 p.m. [EST 03:15 am 20 April]
More details: http://lexus-hybrid-art.tumblr.com
12 March 2012
Chris Bosse is a speaker at the 3rd Annual Building Envelopes Asia 2012 in Singapore.
On 25 April he’ll be talking about LAVA projects, building envelopes and skins, and in particular the UN partnered-Zeroprize award-winning reskinning proposal of the UTS tower in Sydney.
16 March 2012
Tobias Wallisser is a keynote speaker at ALPITECTURE SUMMIT 2012 on 23 March in SÜDTIROL.
Alpitecture is alps, technologies and architecture - the platform for communicating new ideas, methods and models for dealing with architecture in the Alps.
14 February 2012
LAVA designs a learning environment "from Mars" for The Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit creative writing center Redfern, Sydney.
Due to be open in mid 2012 the project includes a spaceship like portal system that oscillates through the length of the interior to a leafy rear courtyard. State of the art lighting, sound and fabrication animate a display, shop and writing workshop for up to 30 students and staff. The design also allows configuration of the space to support launches, talks and events that support the not-for-profit program of the space.
11 January 2012
LAVA welcomed 20 students from the UTS DISCOVER ARCHITECTURE summer school in the office today.
Gavin Perin led the group year 11 high school students who are keen to learn more about the profession of architecture into LAVAs laboratory in surry hills to discover the different facets of architecture.
Chris gave an overview of the different activities related to design, such as webdesign, animation, computational design, documentation, model making, masterplanning etc.
the afternoon concluded with a short lecture about LAVAs recent work around the world, adressing topics of sustainability and design and innovation.
29 November 2011
LAVA and ARUP received a ‘Jury Special Mention’ in an Australian competition to design relocatables - classrooms for the future.
LAVA and ARUP`s proposal was one of 116 submissions exploring diverse ideas for future proofing relocatable learning spaces.
Relocatables are the decades old, utilitarian solution to changing demographics, remote community needs, and disasters such as fires, floods and cyclones. However often they are perceived as cheap, dull, unattractiveand unpleasant spaces.
ARUP and LAVA want to turn this idea upside down and create prefabricated spaces, that are sustainable, practical, cost-effective and at the same time fun and exciting to be in.
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.
The exciting solutions are on show from 12 – 22 December 2011 at the Wunderlich Gallery, University of Melbourne.
The Future Proofing School competition was funded as an Australian Research Council Linkage Project.
3 November 2011
Just spent the day judging 15 entries in the leisure category.While most of the entries were of outstanding quality, including Australians Kerry Hill and WOHA, and a resort in Tasmania, the Prize went to Indian firm The Lotus Praxis Initiative for the Raas Jodhpur, a luxury boutique hotel in the old city of Jodhpur, which brilliantly combined old and new, showing a new way for contemporary architecture in the existing context of India.A mention went to the Master Isay Weinfeld from Brazil for his resort in Uruguay and Tham & Videgård Arkitekter for their outrageous Treehouse, combining hi-tech and nature lifestyle.Domenic Alvaro blitzed the residential category with his small house in Surry Hills, Sydney – I was on the jury with Howard Tanner and Genevieve Lilley that gave this project an AIA award.
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.
29 June 2011
LAVA's award winning reskinning technology for the UTS tower hit the Australian media this month with stories on Channel Ten News (Sydney).
And on page 3 of the Sun Herald
And in the Straits Times Singapore, and The Star Malaysia:
June 29, 2011
LAVA’s competition design for a new airBaltic terminal in Riga integrated Latvia’s provincial beauty with the future of air travel.
Inspired by regional imagery - linden trees, amber and ladybugs - it is infused with global concerns: sustainability, ease of movement, environmental efficiency, commercial viability, connectivity and leisure.
The terminal’s ovoid form recalls the Latvian ladybug and appears to float above the landscape. Two thirty-metre high amber-coloured ovoid windows flank the main entrance that face stands of oaks and linden trees. Nature and artifice meld in the central courtyard with its grand oak tree.
The geometry of the terminal structure is based on surface tension. Services are located centrally, below the building, designed with long-term operation and maintenance in mind.
Sustainable features abound: low-carbon, geothermal heating/cooling, tri-generation, water collection and circulation for re-use, maximized natural light, passive design principles, flexible solar roof and even resident bees are used as environmental indicators.
This Hub of the Future embraces cutting edge technologies for the 21st century, with a design like a 'piece of amber on the forest floor catching a stray sunbeam'.
LAVA collaborated with Dale Jones Evans and Aspasia Sagiotis on the design.
1 June 2011
LAVA won a Commendation, Installation Design for two projects: Digital Origami Tigers and Myer Fashion Set with Gloss Creative.
June 1, 2011
Alexander Rieck accepted LAVA’s Special Mention award in the Sustainability Category of the international Well Tech Award, announced at the Milan Design Fair.The prestigious award, in its 10th annual edition, recognises materials, products, and technologies that bring innovation in sustainability, accessibility and quality of life.LAVA won the award for its Masdar UAE city centre project. LAVA won the international competition to design the centre of the 50,000-person city, parts of which opened last year. The city centre will include a hotel, shopping centre, cinema complex and a conference centred on a plaza of the 21st century.LAVA's model of Masdar was on display with other winning designs at Palazzo Isimbardi, Milan.
Summer, sand and seashells were the inspiration for the set designed by LAVA`s Chris Bosse and Amanda Henderson Gloss Creative for the Myer Spring Summer11 Collections Launch in Sydney Australia last night.
The giant seashell set was a sand-coloured plywood installation 18m long and 5m high, digitally designed and CNC cut and consisted of 2000 pieces put together like a puzzle.
“We essentially used the geometry of a triton shell which is strictly mathematical but occurs in many beautiful manifestations. We digitised the idea and sliced it into buildable components. The models moved through the shell and then onto the catwalk,” said Bosse.
The three-dimensional installation is another collaboration between Chris Bosse and Amanda Henderson. They worked together on the award-winning bubble Melbourne Cup Moet Marquee in 2005.
What will the city of the future look like?
Carbon-neutral, no waste, no cars - a city that relies entirely on solar and other renewable energy sources. This is a visionary project that is now becoming reality. In the desert of Abu Dhabi, urban planners, architects and researchers are building the world's first eco city: Masdar City.
ARTS.21 went to take a look.
Tobias Wallisser and Ken Hensley talk about the digital revolution in architecture and music at the Creativity World Forum 2009.Distinguished participants from a broad range of creative sectors will be attending the Creativity World Forum in Ludwigsburg, Germany on the 1st and 2nd of December.Tobias Wallisser will be offering insights into the possibilities offered by digital technologies for new designs and spatial concepts. In his opinion, people no longer need the same spaces they did fifty years ago, an idea that becomes apparent in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart where he acted as the project architect. Wallisser teaches digital design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design