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
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/
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.
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.
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
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
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!
23 June 2014
Last week we signed a cooperation agreement with Hubei Province government and industry.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 December 2015
Half of the concrete works for our new youth hostel in Bayreuth are done!
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.
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."
21 MAY 2016
Bayreuth Youth Hostel from today's site visit. Two more weeks to 'Richtfest'!
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.
16 June 2016
LAVA Berlin team at the Topping Out ceremony of the Bayreuth Youth Hostel!
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.
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.
21 March 2017
LAVA's Bayreuth youth hostel is nearing completion with an opening due mid year.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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”.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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).
30 October 2015
Construction has started on our high rise towers in Hangzhou, called the Zheijang Gate.
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
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.
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!
5 February 2016
Up, up and away - our Zheijang Gate is fast taking shape!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 February 2017
Our Tigers are on display at the inaugural Toronto Light Festival until March 12
11 April 2017
The facade of Tower C of our Zheijang Gate project in China is almost finished!