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.
HOME OF THE FUTURE
LAVA is one of 19 architects presenting their ideas for homes of the future by the gallery as part of its annual Art + Architecture 11 show. LAVA has 2 projects: Home of the future and Future Hotel.
LAVA’s Home of the future is a showcase for future living with man, nature and technology in harmony.
Home of the future will be built later this year on the rooftop of a new shopping mall in Beijing.
An artificial sky dome will provide a year-round microclimate that opens up the home to a tropical garden filled with sun, light and fresh air, an oasis in the city.
The fluid design and organisational strategy based on the structure of cells is easily adapted to suit specific requirements. Visitors will experience 15 different living spaces, from internal/external bathroom zones, to kitchens flowing to veggie patches and outdoor decks, to sunken bedrooms with dream-inducing lighting.
LAVA’s Future Hotel was a demonstration project focusing on meeting the requirements of hotel guests using tomorrow’s technology.
The showcase, in partnership with the Fraunhofer IAO (Institute for Work Organisation) Stuttgart was completed in 2008. At 36.7 sq metres, the prototype’s infrastructure and services are integrated into a continuous wall system, the free-form outer skin creating the infrastructure that becomes the interface between technology and the human body.
A combination of fluid and edgy forms with hard and soft materials provides a contemporary atmosphere within a highly responsive environment. Innovations included anti-jet-lag lights, an active comfort bed, a personal spa area, an intelligent mirror and a large media display window.