RAIA Bar, Designex Melbourne Building, Architect, Photos, Triangular Geometry Design Pictures

Designex Melbourne Stand by LAVA

RAIA Bar, Victoria, Australia design by LAVA architects

3 Aug 2010

Designex Melbourne Bar for RAIA


The designex AIA Bar explores ideas about geometry and continuous surfaces with a new outdoor façade material.

Designex Melbourne, RAIA Bar Installation
image : LAVA

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.

Designex Melbourne, RAIA bar
image : LAVA

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.

Designex Melbourne, RAIA installation
image : LAVA

Melbourne Bar at Designex 2009 – Building Information

Location: Designex 2009 Melbourne, AUS
Completion date: May 2009
Client: RAIA
Photos: Chris Bosse
Architects: LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture: Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck
Manufacturer: Mak max

LAVA – Designex Melbourne bar designers

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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