LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

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).

[L-R] Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck and Chris Bosse (LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture)
[L-R] Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck and Chris Bosse – © LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

Principals

  • Chris Bosse
  • Tobias Wallisser
  • Alexander Rieck

Brief description

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.

Published projects

Martian Embassy by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Martian Embassy by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture This project is an impressive space of oscillating plywood ribs brought to life by red planet light and sound projections. The design is a fusion of a whale, a...
Addis Ababa Stadium and Sports City by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Addis Ababa Stadium and Sports City by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture Football and athletics-loving Ethiopians will have a new FIFA and Olympic-standard 60,000 seat stadium in Addis Ababa thanks to a a design combining local...
Berchtesgaden Youth Hostel (Haus Untersberg) by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Berchtesgaden Youth Hostel (Haus Untersberg) by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture LAVA’s reinterpretation of an existing youth hostel has resulted in a completely new type of space. The transformation of the youth hostel is underway! The...
Myer Spring Summer Fashion Set by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Myer Spring Summer Fashion Set by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture Summer, sand and seashells were the inspiration for the set designed by Chris Bosse LAVA and Amanda Henderson Gloss Creative for the Myer Spring Summer11...
Crouching Giant Digital Tigers by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Crouching Giant Digital Tigers by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture The crouching tigers were designed by multinational architectural practice LAVA with Jennifer Kwok , Customs House Sydney, and are the size of a truck at 2.5...
Snowflake Tower by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Snowflake Tower by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture Developed as a prototypical building translating brand values into an iconic architecture, the series of branded towers will be located at strategically chosen...
Mexico Resort, Monde d‘eau resort and themepark by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Mexico Resort, Monde d‘eau resort and themepark by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture Worldwide tourist destinations have common features. The customer searches for beauty, adventure, and hospitality. In order to give a destination a unique...
Masdar Plaza, Oasis of the Future by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Masdar Plaza, Oasis of the Future by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture The City of the Future The future well being of cities around the globe depends on mankind’s ability to develop and integrate sustainable technology. Masdar...
Bionic Tower by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Bionic Tower by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture The tower proposes a naturally occurring system of structural organization that generates a building embodying efficiencies found within natural structures and...
Headlands Hotel by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Headlands Hotel by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture The Headlands Hotel development proposed an International standard hotel asset that has already attracted major Hotel Brand interest from internationally...
Future Hotel by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Future Hotel by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture A) Interior Design, Design Features 1. How does the project contribute to contemporary interior design practice? As part of a research collaboration with the...
Re-skinning UTS Tower by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Re-skinning UTS Tower by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture What initially began as a speculative proposal to reshape the UTS tower on Broadway has evolved into a broader architectural idea for re-purposing inefficient...
Corniche Tower by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Corniche Tower by LAVA - Laboratory for Visionary Architecture Within Abu Dhabi’s skyline, the Corniche represents an internationally high standard and state of the art design. The concept follows the original...

Key projects

  • MASDAR Plaza, UAE
  • Architonic Lounge, Germany
  • Corniche Tower, UAE
  • Future Hotel, Germany
  • Green Void, Australia
  • MTV Awards 2009 Stage, Australia
  • Sherman Gallery, Australia
  • Poloxygen stand, Australia
  • Snowflake Tower, UAE
  • Headlands Hotel, Australia
  • Bionic tower, UAE
  • Enviro Skin UTS Tower, Australia
  • Giant Digital origami Tigers, Australia

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