LAVA’s Home of the Future

March 16, 2011

LAVA announces plans to build an ETFE sky dome above a Beijing shopping mall to showcase future living.

Sydney architecture practice Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) is currently working on a project to construct an ETFE sky dome in Beijing as part of a showcase for future living.

The Home of the Future project is designed to bring nature and technology into what the designers call a “new hybrid state”. The ETFE dome will protect a microclimate, allowing the home to open up to a tropical garden contained within it and shielding the home from the polluted air of Beijing.

The garden within the dome will become an artificial oasis in the city. At night, the space will transform as the technology used inside the project comes to life.

LAVA’s directors Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck say the Home of the Future is a “metaphor for the questions of our times, our relationship with nature, with technology and with ourselves”. The project will be constructed on the rooftop of a new furniture mall in Beijing, with construction due to commence towards the end of 2011.

An exhibition of working models, renderings and animations of the Home of the Future is currently on show at UTS Architecture, Kensington St Warehouse, 50 Kensington St, Chippendale. *Exhibition runs 16-31 March 2011*.

_(inside) Sydney editor, Gillian Serisier, discusses this project with LAVA’s Chris Bosse in the next issue of (inside), issue #66, which publishes in April._

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