LAVA was commissioned to design Germany’s bid to host the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund in Bonn.
LAVA’s design for the proposed headquarters was ‘an ecological model project’ and demonstrated LAVA’s motto: ‘green is the new black’.
The vision for international climate protection was realised in the design, with facades that are articulated according to building orientation, surfaces that integrate various means of regenerative energy production, photo-voltaics and bioreactors demonstrate the application of the latest technologies.
The building responded to the site to maximise the experience of its natural qualities. With a design inspired by the beautiful setting in the Rhine valley, and with curvilinear forms, natural light wells, roof top gardens and a large sunken terrace for the restaurant, the three level structure was designed to comply with the latest energy and building ecology standards.
It featured ‘environmentally friendly functional spaces that foster working productivity’, state-of-the-art technology, security controls, a visitor reception, auditorium, conference room, a canteen and underground car parking.
The project won an award at the 2016 International Architecture Awards.