Architecture outside the you-know-what

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Architecture outside the you-know-what

Published on July 28, 2016 with 1 Comment

Without architecture we’d probably still be stuck in caves. But without visionary architecture we’d all still be inside-the-box, which isn’t necessarily a bad place but it’s not as much fun as – well, you know. In the spirit of taking architecture to the next level, along came a group that calls itself, the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA). Based in Sydney, Australia, they think of themselves as “the vanguard of a nonconformist and inventive new generation in architecture.” Was architecture ever conformist? One of the LAVA founders designed that fun, cute “Watercube” swimming center for the Beijing Olympics.
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But now they’re headed into new and glorious territory with a collection of buildings, spanning the globe – and all that good stuff. From an office tower in Abu Dhabi, to a sports resort in the United Arab Emirates to zero-energy houses in Saudi Arabia, LAVA is flowing with unusual designs. One might wonder why the oil-rich nations are involved in zero-energy houses but this is the judgment-free zone, so we won’t expend our energy on that. LAVA does have projects in Australia, Germany and China among other places though.
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Among their plethora of interesting and unusual projects is a zero-energy office building in Stuttgart, Germany. Instead of the popular modular, block style, this building has a centralized system around an atrium. Through clever use of materials and design that include photovoltaic elements, the building’s façade not only changes in appearance, it also generates energy. At a glance they seem to do a lot with façades, transforming a building’s appearance or performance with them. It’s definitely a futuristic approach to indoor space. And what wouldn’t we give for those zero-energy houses.
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  1. Check out the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) website! – http://www.l-a-v-a.net/