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LAVA Unveils Transformation of Energy Storage Center into a City Icon in Germany

12:00 - 16 October, 2016
LAVA Unveils Transformation of Energy Storage Center into a City Icon in Germany, Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) has won the competition to redesign an energy park and energy storage building in Heidelberg, Germany, for the Stadtwerke Heidelberg. Currently a cylindrically shaped storage center, the space will be transformed into a dynamic sculpture, city icon, and knowledge hub for sustainable energy, fully accessible to the public with city views. 

In order to display the concepts of energy transition, decentralization, networking, flexibility and adaptability, the project will feature a multi-layered façade structure inspired by geometries in nature like leaves, spider webs, and reptile skins. “The result is a dynamic, ever-changing surface of light and shadow, animated by wind, turning the building into a beacon of a dynamic new energy regime.”

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LAVA Awarded the 2016 European Prize for Architecture

11:15 - 16 September, 2016
LAVA Awarded the 2016 European Prize for Architecture, The Square / LAVA. Image Courtesy of LAVA
The Square / LAVA. Image Courtesy of LAVA

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies have named LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) as the recipients of their 2016 European Prize for Architecture.

One of Europe’s most prestigious architecture awards, The European Prize for Architecture is given annually to architects who have ‘blazoned a new path and direction for an architecture that is deeply humane and committed to forward the principles of European humanism’.

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00:00 - 15 April, 2014

Venice Biennale 2014: Australia to Showcase 11 Unbuilt Projects

01:00 - 25 October, 2013
Venice Biennale 2014: Australia to Showcase 11 Unbuilt Projects, Tower Skin. Image Courtesy of LAVA
Tower Skin. Image Courtesy of LAVA

Australia’s creative team for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennalefelix._Giles_Anderson+Goad, has announced 11 unrealized projects that will be showcased as part of the Augmented Australia 1914-2014 exhibition. Ranging from an inner-city cathedral to a treetop activist shelter, the country-wide selection of projects will be brought to life using three-dimensional augmented models, images, voice overs and animations.

National Stadium and Sports Village / LAVA

07:00 - 22 June, 2012
Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

LAVA, the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, and Designsport collaborated with local Ethiopian firm JDAW to win the international architecture competition for a national stadium and sports village, held by the Federal Sport Commission, Ethiopia. Now, football and athletics-loving Ethiopians will have a new FIFA and Olympic-standard 60,000 seat stadium in Addis Ababa thanks to a design that combines local identity with new technology. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Green Climate Fund Headquarters / LAVA

07:00 - 26 May, 2012
© MIR
© MIR

The Federal Republic of Germany recently chose the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) as the designers for their bid to host the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund in Bonn, Germany. With a design inspired by the beautiful setting in the Rhine valley, and with curvilinear forms, nature light wells, roof top gardens and a large sunken terrace for the restaurant, the three level structure will comply with the latest energy and building ecology standards, meeting the highest demands in terms of sustainability (German gold certificate), ecology and energy efficiency (net zero energy). More images and architects’ description after the break.

Classroom of the Future / LAVA

11:00 - 30 January, 2012
Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

Designed as a learning space for the future, LAVA‘s design focuses on an environment that is sustainable, integrates with the landscape, connects with the school environment, and is suitable for prefabrication and mass customization.  Relocatables are the decades old solution to changing demographics, remote community needs, and natural disasters. Unsightly, they are perceived as cheap and unpleasant spaces. This idea is upturned with spaces that are sustainable, practical, cost effective whilst making learning fun and exciting. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Origami Cave (Emergency Shelter) / LAVA

10:00 - 11 September, 2011
Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

Architect: LAVA Location: Sydney, Australia Photographs: Courtesy of LAVA

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Home of the Future / LAVA

17:00 - 25 March, 2011
Courtesy Doug and Wolf
Courtesy Doug and Wolf

The Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA] has shared with us their proposal for the Home of the Future. Additional images and a project description are available after the break.

Digital Origami / LAVA

17:00 - 7 December, 2010
Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

LAVA has shared with us their current window installation, Digital Origami a product of parametric modeling experiments and digital fabrication methods. Additional images of this sculptural work, a brief video and a description from LAVA after the break.

Masdar Sustainable City / LAVA

00:00 - 1 September, 2009

The future well being of cities around the globe depends on mankind’s ability to develop and integrate sustainable technology.

LAVA designed the Masdar City as the city of the future; positioned at the forefront of integrating sustainable technology into modern architectural design. Rome, Athens, Florence; most great historical cities have had the plaza, forum, or square at their epicentre – where the life, values, ideals, and vision of the population evolved. Equally, the centre of Masdar must be an iconic beacon that attracts global attention to sustainable technology.