Profile of LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, headquartered in Australia. Thirteen projects submitted by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture have been published on Architecture News Plus (ANP).
Architecture is the consideration and sculpting of spaces out of time and form. It has an intimate relationship to the way we interact with our environments and with each other, affecting the way we feel and even how our societies and communities are organized.
They are also testaments to the human imagination throughout civilizations, reflecting our cultures, beliefs and the way in which we live.
LAVA, the laboratory for visionary architecture, founded by Chris Bosse, director of LAVA Asia Pacific, and Tobias Wallisser, (Co-director with Alexander Rieck) of the European division of LAVA, based in Stuttgart, are recognized as one of the most inspiring and interesting architectural firms today.
Moving away from traditional architectural forms, LAVA breaks new ground by exploring frontiers that combine future technology with organic and natural patterns of Organization and structures, reflecting a desire which has emerged in today’s world, to return to learning and harmonizing with nature and utilizing the technology available to achieve that. Here, LAVA are also in the forefront of designing projects which require minimal resources to realize, in many instances defeating seeming impossibilities, often by employing Chris Bosse’s computational and mathematical studies.
Nature’s design, and the manifestation of perfect geometrical forms and patterns of organization is one of the oldest sciences studied across all old civilizations and cultures, buildings and cities were built with this knowledge.
Today, instead of imitating the forms founds in nature for their elegance and unpredictability, LAVA creates new forms, deriving inspiration from these geometric and natural systems.
Chris Bosse is recognized as one of his generation’s most important architects. He was born in 1971 in Stuttgart, and was educated in Germany and Switzerland. He has worked on several high profile projects in China, Vietnam and the Middle East.
The project for the National Swimming Center for Beijing 2008, called the Watercube, received the Atmosphere Award at the 9th Venice Biennale and has acclaimed international recognition . The MOËT Marquee in Melbourne explored his interest in unusual structures in a freeform interior based on the physics of champagne bubbles and minimal surfaces. Chris guest-lectures at various universities.
Tobias Wallisser is a Professor of Innovative Construction and Spatial concepts at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. He has worked in the United States, Netherlands and Germany. For 10 years, he was Associate Architect at UN-Studio in Amsterdam, including projects and master plans including the World Trade Center project in New York and the Arnheim Interchange. He was instrumental in the emergence of the recent Stuttgart Mercedes Benz Museum, which has attracted worldwide attention for its innovative spatial concept.
Alexander Rieck works as a senior researcher at the renowned Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart. He studied architecture in Stuttgart and Phoenix. He started his research career in the Virtual Reality environment. Having led many Office 21 research projects, he is a renowned expert on innovations in the fields of office, hotel, living and future construction, an author of many publication about working environments and building processes of the future.