LAVA’s design for Green Climate Fund HQ in Bonn

May 25, 2012
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Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has been chosen by the Federal Republic of Germany to design the proposed headquarters in their bid to host the Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund in Bonn, Germany.

The design represents the climate protection aims of the organisation it is designed to house, providing innovative solutions for sustainability and energy efficiency and demonstrating LAVA’s motto, ‘green is the new black’. The three-level building will comply with the highest standards of energy efficiency, ecology and sustainability, with a curvilinear design inspired by the surrounding Rhine valley.

The structure will feature nature light wells, rooftop gardens and a sunken terrace for the restaurant, in addition to state-of-the-art office facilities including logistics areas, a visitor reception zone, a conference room, auditorium and underground car park. Located on a 13,000-square-metre site, the design will deliver an environmentally friendly and functional workspace for approximately 300 Green Climate Fund officials.

“We were honoured to be asked by the German government to support their bid for the Green Climate Fund with a state-of-the-art proposal reflecting its core values,” said LAVA director Tobias Wallisser.

“Since winning the international competition to design the centre of the world’s first eco city, Masdar, in 2009, our projects have focused on combining digital workflow, nature’s principles and the latest digital fabrication technologies with the aim of achieving more with less: more (architecture) with less (material/energy/time/ cost),” added Chris Bosse, LAVA director.

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