LAVA: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

LAVA: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture

Sydney, AU | Stuttgart, DE | Berlin, DE



Nature and technology are in harmony in an organically-shaped display suite marketing the new Sydney Greenland Centre on Sydney’s old Water Board site.

The lobby of the 1960s Water Board building has been transformed with freeform furniture and curvy walls and ceilings to take the visitor through a journey of the new building.

LAVA partnered with PTW to create the display suite for the new mixed‐use tower by the Greenland Group, which merges natural materials with high tech fabrication technologies. 

The fluid space features white terrazzo floors, illuminated timber desks, and walls lined with white leather and timber battens. Continuous lighting ribbons create a luminous and airy environment.

The latest technologies include GRP [glass-reinforced plastic] - a lightweight, strong material that can be formed into fluid shapes. Parametric modelling and rapid prototyping means the design went straight from a 3D computer model to the fabrication workshop where the reception and display desks were CNC cut and coated.

LAVA believes that people in the 21st century are looking for spaces that link them to nature, and the forms found in nature - waves, canyons, clouds - create beautiful, efficient and connective spaces.

The Greenland Centre will house apartments, retail and commercial. It incorporates two Water Board buildings: the adaptive reuse of the eight-storey heritage-listed 1930s Pitt Street building and a new tower on top of the 1965 Bathurst Street building.

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Status: Built
Location: Sydney, AU
Firm Role: PRACTICE CREDITS LAVA - Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck with Jarrod Lamshed, Angelo Ungarelli, Giulia Conti, Sandra Pamplona, Guido Rivai, Alessandra Moschella.
Additional Credits: PARTNER: PTW