Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Keep up to date with our latest news on the new LAVA website!

We've just launched our new website so this blog will be discontinued.

For the latest LAVA news please see the new site:

And you can follow us on Facebook as well.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bosse and Rieck speak at WAM, Austria

Imagine Bjarke Ingels, a snowboard, a campfire and parametric mega cities at the same time! That's the World Architecture Masters according to Chris Bosse.

And in a couple of days time Chris Bosse and Alexander Rieck will be speaking at the next WAM in Ischgl, southern Austria. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

LAVA talk tonight at 'Tomorrow Never Dies' exhibition

Invitation to
"LAVA LIVE" with Amber Sayah, facilitator,
tonight at 19.00 in the Wechselraum 
at the Association of German Architects BDA, Zeppelin Carré (courtyard), Stuttgart.

And our exhibition "TOMORROW NEVER DIES" has been extended to 13.02.2012.

Look forward to seeing you there!

FINISSAGE "LAVA LIVE" mit Amber Sayah, Moderation,

am 25.01.2012 um 19 Uhr im Wechselraum des Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA, Zeppelin Carré (Innenhof), 

unserer Ausstellung "TOMORROW NEVER DIES", welche bis zum 13.02.2012 verlängert wurde.

Wir freuen uns über Ihr Kommen und Ihre Fragen.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Thanks 'Landscape Architect' magazine, Dalian University of Technology, China

for putting LAVA's emergency shelter on the front cover of your latest issue!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Re-invisioned Youth Hostel on Bavarian TV

Sebastian Schott, from LAVA's Stuttgart office, presents the reconstruction concept for the youth hostel on Bayerisches Fernsehen.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Classroom of the future wins commendation

LAVA and ARUP received a commendation in an Australian competition to design relocatables - classrooms for the future.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

L A V A wechselraum stuttgart exhibition

Der WECHSELRAUM präsentiert in der Ausstellung „Tomorrow never dies“ das Büro L A V A – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture – das 2007 von Chris Bosse, Alexander Rieck und Tobias Wallisser gegründet wurde. Die drei Grenzgänger arbeiten nicht nur auf drei Kontinenten, sondern auch zwischen Traum und Wirklichkeit. So entwickeln sie visionäre Kombinationen aus Hightech und Natur und finden spektakuläre und doch oft einfache Lösungen für ein humanes urban design. Was gestern Zukunft war ist heute schon real. Und wieder gibt es ein neues Morgen…

WECHSELRAUM Bund Deutscher Architekten BDA
Zeppelin carré (Innenhof), Friedrichstrasse 5
70174 Stuttgart
T             +49 (0)711 6404039       F -602950

Masdar city centre features in German school program

The city centre of Masdar in the UAE, designed by LAVA, is featured in a new brochure on sustainability designed for school children in Germany. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Plan interview podcast

Chris Bosse spoke on the Adelaide based radio show The plan after his lecture at the university of south australia

great opportunity to exchange some thoughts with   JohnByleveld and his colleagues.
 JohnByleveldCreator of 'The Plan' on Radio Adelaide 101.5fm - architecture, environment and affect

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Youth Hostel reimagined

LAVA has created a new typology for youth hostels with the revisioning of the Berchtesgaden near Munich, Germany.

Gone are the daggy dormitory rooms and impersonal spaces of your typical hostel.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

Bosse debates the harbour city at Woollahra festival

Chris Bosse debates the harbour city at the Woollahra Festival with President of the Australian Institute of Architects, Brian Zulaikha, Helen Lochhead, Phillip Thalis and Chris Johnson.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

WAF winners

Chris with some of the winners of the WAF leisure award...

and David Cook from Behnisch, Stuttgart whose Inzell Speed Skating Stadium won the 2011 WAF Award for World Sport Building of the Year. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chris Bosse judges at WAF again

Just spent the day judging 15 entries in the leisure category.

While most of the entries were of outstanding quality, including Australians Kerry Hill and WOHA, and a resort in Tasmania,

Lotus : Raas Jodhpur

Monday, October 24, 2011


Chris Bosse and Jarrod Lamshed from LAVA's Sydney office just got back from Iran where they gave lectures at the 14th Advanced Architectural Workshop in Tehran.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vote for LAVA in People's Choice Award, IDEA 2011

Voting is open for Designer of the Year in the People's Choice Awards, IDEA 2011.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bosse designs martian embassy in Sydney

Chris Bosse is donating his time to design the fit-out of the Martian Embassy and Gift Shop in Redfern, Sydney. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

World Architecture Festival discount for LAVA's friends

Chris Bosse is a WAF judge again this year - and the WAF are offering LAVA's friends a special 25% discount off visitor passes. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Zu den Höhepunkten zählte eine Notunterkunft im Origami-Stil des Architekturbüros Lava.

LAVA in Berliner Zeitung last weekend


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Origami cave in Domus

LAVA's shelter featured in story on Domus news

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Emergency Shelter exhibition - see it this weekend

The Emergency Shelter exhibition opening at Customs House last night was fantastic; great crowd, so good to see such diverse approaches from the other local and international architects.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Digital Origami Shelter opens tonight

When disaster strikes how can architects help quickly, efficiently, sustainably and sensitively?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bosse on the Plan

The Plan, a weekly design talk show on Radio Adelaide 101.5fm, features an interview with Chris Bosse tonight.  

Thursday, August 4, 2011

LAVA's shell set shortlisted for IDEA awards

LAVA's design for the Myer Spring/Summer Collection Launch 2010/2011 has been shortlisted under the 'event' category at the 2011 IDEA awards.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

LAVA's Evolution light in August issue of Handmade*

LAVA's Evolution light is one of 62 designs featured in the latest issue of Wallpaper* magazine. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Shanghai surprise

Strolling through the busy airport terminal in Shanghai late last month we found LAVA's Bionic Tower on the front page of 'International Competition' published by Liaoning Science & Technology Publishing House in Shanghai.

LAVA at the Sydney Design Festival

LAVA’s reskinning proposal for the UTS tower Sydney, which won a UN partnered ZEROprize Award, is featured in a new exhibition in Sydney.

LAVA directors Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck and Chris Bosse

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Experiments outside the box

An eco city in Abu Dhabi and a smart 'home' on the rooftop of a Beijing mall are just two of LAVA’s visionary experiments.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

LAVA screens new offices in Melbourne

A new office fit out in Melbourne features screens designed by LAVA for Schiavello's Climate range.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Linden trees, amber and lady bugs

LAVA’s competition design for a new airBaltic terminal in Riga integrated Latvia’s provincial beauty with the future of air travel.

Jury duty

Chris Bosse is on the jury of the WAF in Barcelona again this year. 

Special mention for Green Void at Dedalo Minosse International Prize

Green Void, commissioned by Customs House Sydney, received a special mention at The Dedalo Minosse International Prize for commissioning a building. 

Reskin hits the news

LAVA's award winning reskinning technology for the UTS tower hit the Australian media this month with stories on Channel Ten News (Sydney) 
And on page 3 of the Sun Herald 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

LAVA invited to think bricks

Think Brick Awards

LAVA  is one of six Australian firms selected to compete for The About Face Award.

LAVA creates miniature Panton chair for touring exhibition

LAVA creates miniature Panton chair for touring exhibition


LAVA won a Special Mention in the Sustainability Category of the international Well Tech Award, announced at the Milan design fair.

Alexander Rieck accepts the award

LAVA COMMENDATIONS AT 2011 Australian Interior Design Awards

LAVA won a Commendation, Installation Design for two projects : Digital Origami Tigers and Myer Fashion Set with Gloss Creative.

LAVA Desklight in MILANO SALONE 2011


LAVA was chosen by Wallpaper* magazine to create a light in collaboration with Philips, the global leader in lighting. The lamp, EVOLUTION, was on display at Handmade during the Milan Design Fair in April.

Nachhaltig Bauen Baukultur im Wertewandel Düsseldorf 9. Juni 2011

Nachhaltig Bauen

Baukultur im Wertewandel

Zukunftsfähiges und nachhaltiges Bauen ist in aller Munde. Zahlreiche Zertifizierungssysteme und Gütesiegel sowie die Vergabe eines „Energiepasses“ sollen künftig die Gesamtenergiebilanz von Gebäuden transparent und kontrollierbar machen, und zwar nicht nur Neubauten, sondern auch zahlreiche Bestandsgebäude. Ein Thema also, das nicht nur Kommunen oder Investoren vor neue Herausforderungen stellt, sondern auch die Architekten selbst.


Grohe AG
Feldmühleplatz 15
40545 Düsseldorf


Prof. Bernhard Franken,
Franken Architekten
Annette von Hagel,
Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben
Max Schultheis,
URS Deutschland
Jan Störmer,
Störmer Murphy and Partners
Prof. Dr. Karsten Tichelmann,
TU Darmstadt
Prof. Tobias Wallisser,

Forum „Nachhaltiges Bauen in Neubau und Bestand“ Am 7. Juni 2011

Forum „Nachhaltiges Bauen in Neubau und Bestand“

Am 7. Juni 2011 veranstalten Eternit, Keimfarben und Sika das Forum „Nachhaltiges Bauen in Neubau und Bestand“ in Berlin. Ziel des Forums ist es, die verschiedenen Aspekte des zukunftsorientierten Planens und Bauens zu beleuchten und anhand von beispielhaften Projekten konkrete Handlungsempfehlungen zu geben.

Neben einem Vortrag von Prof. Dipl.-Ing. M. Sc. Econ. Manfred Hegger, TU Darmstadt und Präsident DGNB, zum nachhaltigen Bauen und Zertifizierungen auf nationaler wie internationaler Ebene, stellt Prof. Dr. Karsten Tichelmann, TU Darmstadt, Geschäftsführer Tichelmann & Barillas TSB Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Praxisbeispiele aus dem Neubau und Bestand vor. Prof. Dr. Ernst v. Weizsäcker, Co-Präsident International Resource Panel, diskutiert die Rolle des Bausektors als Nachhaltigkeitspionier und Alexander Rieck (LAVA, Fraunhofer Institut) gibt einen Ausblick in die Zukunft des Bauens. Moderiert wird die Veranstaltung von Burkhard Fröhlich, Chefredakteur BundesBauBlatt.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

LAVA on show at a new exhibition Home - Real and Ideal at Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney.

The real and the ideal come together in home designs by the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA] on show at a new exhibition Home - Real and Ideal at Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

talk fest at LAVA

the inaugural computational design talk @ LAVA
courtesy of Ben Doherty ( BVN) where held last night.
Stuart Bull, Verena Hoch, Michael MAder and MAtthew Austin
delighted the audience with insides into works by Arup Zaha Hadid Architects and LAVA

Computational design talks at LAVA

Our three speakers this time are: Stuart.Bull from Arup, Verena Hoch from Zaha Hadid Architects, and Matthew Austin from LAVA.
Stuart will talk briefly about the use of multiple software including Generative Components, Rhino, Bentley Structures and Tekla Structures to deliver one of the spectacular structures, the Art & Science Museum by Moshe Safdie, within Singapore’s new Integrated Resort at Marina Bay. If time allows a brief presentation on the new bolted stone art installation within the botanical gardens by renowned stone sculptor Chris Booth, using Rhino to create the complex models of the layered stone stratas and fabrication level models.
ZHA's stone towers
Verena Hoch will be talking about about the façade design development of cairo stone towers and Bonn Symphony Hall competition
Matthew Austin will talk about a recent LAVA project (the Astana railway station competition) in respect to how MEL scripting and the Rhinoceros toolset were used to negotiate design outcomes, structural efficiency and the digital fabriation process.
the Talks are part of the series organised by Ben Doherty of BVN <Ben_Doherty@bvn.com.au>