LAVA to present Riyadh innovation campus for ‘KACST’ at Venice Biennale


LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) is featured at an exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and will be presenting some of its most significant works including the research and innovation campus for KACST in Riyadh, KSA.

LAVA will be part of the ‘Alpitecture meets Biennale- Topographic Structures’ exhibition, and will present the firm’s creative green projects set in  space inspired by Washington Irving’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’.

Alongside the Riyadh project, LAVA will be also be presenting its mixed-use development ‘The Square’ in Berlin, Bonn’s ‘Green Climate Fund’ and the Jeju island resort in Korea.


Tobias Wallisser, director of LAVA Berlin, explained: “Mirrored, recycled cardboard create a layered, topographic structure that is choreographed by the viewer. Every move creates a new visual perception fusing contextual relationships and dynamic conditions- a trademark of LAVA’s projects.”

“We hope visitors to the Biennale will be inspired by the exhibition at the Palazzo, located close to the Arsenale. We are proud to be featured alongside internationally renowned architecture firms such as Zaha Hadid, Graft and Blauraum Architekten in showcasing our visionary projects,” added Alexander Rieck, Stuttgard director at LAVA.

LAVA’s works will also be featured as one of the eleven inbuilt projects in “Augmented Australia”, as part of the virtual Australia pavilion.

The proposal, ‘Tower Skin’ that transforms a 90s modernist structure in Sydney, comprises of a light-weight membrane used to re-clad the building.

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