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Sports Youth Hostel / LAVA & WENZEL + WENZEL

01:00 - 6 February, 2018
Sports Youth Hostel  / LAVA & WENZEL + WENZEL, © Häfele, Studio Huber
© Häfele, Studio Huber

© LAVA © LAVA © Häfele, Studio Huber © Häfele, Studio Huber + 21

LAVA Breaks Ground on Sculptural Energy Tower in Germany

14:00 - 12 August, 2017
LAVA Breaks Ground on Sculptural Energy Tower in Germany, Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

Construction has started on the redesign of an energy storage tower by LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architects) for Stadtwerke Heidelberg (SWH) in Heidelberg, Germany. The updated facade of the 56-meter cylindrical tower and design of an adjacent park are part of an initiative to create a sculptural landmark and symbol of sustainable energy for the city.

LAVA introduces a multi-layered facade that features 11,000 diamond shaped stainless-steel plates attached to a steel cable network that can rotate 45 degrees in the wind. According to the architects, a number of plates correlate to the number of households that will be beneficiaries of the energy. The geometries of the facade are inspired by forms found in nature.

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Inside the Flower Pavilion / LAVA

15:00 - 28 June, 2017
Inside the Flower Pavilion  / LAVA, © Leslie Ranzoni
© Leslie Ranzoni

© Michael Geßner © Michael Geßner © Leslie Ranzoni © Michael Geßner + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany
  • Architects in Charge

    Tobias Wallisser, Chris Bosse, Alexander Rieck; with Christian Tschersich, Anastasyia Vitusevych, Jenny Lee
  • Area

    16.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

LAVA Reveals Lush Alternate Scheme for Malaysian Forest City

16:00 - 27 January, 2017
LAVA Reveals Lush Alternate Scheme for Malaysian Forest City, © Bitscapes
© Bitscapes

LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) has revealed their runner-up proposal in an international competition to design Forest City, a new development located on reclaimed land just off the coast of Singapore in Malaysia.

Initiated by Chinese developer Country Garden, the competition sought urban design schemes that would improve the efficiency of the land use while enhancing the quality of space and environment through the landmark of a “forest city.” The competition was won by Sasaki Associates last year.

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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’.

Let There Be (Intelligent) Light / LAVA

05:00 - 13 July, 2016
Let There Be (Intelligent) Light / LAVA, © Jonathan Andrew
© Jonathan Andrew

© Jonathan Andrew © Jonathan Andrew © Jonathan Andrew © Jonathan Andrew + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • LAVA team

    Alexander Rieck, Tobias Wallisser, Chris Bosse
  • Project Architects

    Nuno Galvao, Matthijs la Roi, Stephan Markus Albrecht, Sebastian Schott, Mariusz Polski
  • Design Team

    Marvin Bratke, Mircea Mogan, Barbora Srpkova, Miroslav Strigac, Diana Schlebe, Rashmi Katkar, Roxelane Güllmeister, Paolo Alborghetti, Ruis Dervishi, Aida Ramirez, Julian Wengzinek, Benjamin Hitscherich, Simone Tchonova, Erik Didar, Jeroen van Lith, David Stieler
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

LAVA Reinvents the Youth Hostel With Sport Oriented Design in Bayreuth

01:00 - 29 November, 2014
LAVA Reinvents the Youth Hostel With Sport Oriented Design in Bayreuth , Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

Berlin-based Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has designed a 180-room hostel for the Bavarian Youth Hostel Association in Bayreuth, Germany. Designed for the sociable Generation Y traveler, the hostel offers an abundance of flexible public spaces featuring bright colours and soaring windows overlooking the Bavarian landscape. Touted by the firm as a "yardstick for the sports hostel of the future," the futuristic building includes modular furniture and universal step-free access throughout all facilities, grounds, and sports fields. Circulation for the design centres on a Y-shaped plan designed to maximize natural light light while providing ample opportunities for athletic engagement.

Find out more about Bayreuth's futuristic Youth Hostel after the break 

A view of the modular bedroom units. Image Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA Courtesy of LAVA The central atrium will unite the building's three wings. Image Courtesy of LAVA + 16

VIDEO: I LIKE Green

00:00 - 15 April, 2014

Sydney Greenland Centre Marketing Suite / PTW + LAVA

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
Sydney Greenland Centre Marketing Suite / PTW + LAVA, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Peter Murphy © Brett Boardman © Peter Murphy © Brett Boardman + 16

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.

EIGHT Point.One S / LAVA

01:00 - 17 August, 2013
EIGHT Point.One S / LAVA, © EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG.
© EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG.

© EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG. © EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG. © EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG. © EIGHT GmbH & Co. KG. + 14

  • Architects

  • Manufacturing

    Prinzing
  • Planning

    Designtoproduction (Arnold Walz and Fabian Scheurer )
  • Structural Engineering

    Consuplan
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

The Martians Have Landed / LAVA

00:00 - 25 July, 2012
The Martians Have Landed / LAVA, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Peter Murphy + 14

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.

Berchtesgaden Youth Hostel / LAVA

00:00 - 16 November, 2011
Berchtesgaden Youth Hostel / LAVA, Courtesy of LAVA
Courtesy of LAVA

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Berchtesgaden, Germany
  • Client

    Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk, Landesverband Bayern e.V., München
  • Area

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011

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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