The designex AIA Bar explores ideas about geometry and continuous surfaces with a new outdoor façade material.
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The structure is based on two triangular based geometries, alternating in position as they array vertically. This results in a constant morphing between these 2 shapes.
The limited stretch-ability of the material requires the shape to be subdivided into “ruled surfaces”, meaning the elements are all flat, when cut out of the sheet, but double curved when mounted.
The project is part of a continuous exploration of small scale structures in order to gain knowledge for larger scale buildings.
The “Snowflake” geometry applied in this pavilion forms base of the MSWCT tower in Abu Dhabi designed earlier by lava in 2008.
The aim is to optimize the ratio of surface to volume with a minimum amount of material.
Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck founded LAVA in 2007. It was established as a network of creative minds with a research and design focus and has offices in Sydney, Shanghai, Stuttgart and Abu Dhabi.
LAVA explores frontiers that merge future technologies with the patterns of organisation found in nature and believes this will result in a smarter, friendlier, more socially and environmentally responsible future.
The potential for naturally evolving systems such as snowflakes, spider webs and soap bubbles for new building typologies and structures has continued to fascinate LAVA – the geometries in nature create both efficiency and beauty. But above all the human is the centre of their investigations.
LAVA combines digital workflow, nature’s structural principles and the latest digital fabrication technologies with the aim of achieving MORE WITH LESS: more (architecture) with less (material/ energy/time/cost).
Structure, material and building skin are three areas LAVA believes that architecture can learn so much from nature. Projects incorporate intelligent systems and skins that can react to external influences such as air pressure, temperature, humidity, solar-radiation and pollution.
LAVA designs everything from pop up installations to master-plans and urban centres, from homes made out of PET bottles to ‘reskinning’ aging 60s icons, from furniture to hotels, houses and airports of the future.