German Pavilion “CAMPUS GERMANY”
Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck founded LAVA in 2007. It was established as a network with offices in Sydney, Stuttgart and Berlin. LAVA merges future technologies with the patterns of organisation found in nature to build a smarter, friendlier, more socially and environmentally responsible future.
LAVA uses naturally evolving structural systems, such as snowflakes, spider webs and soap bubbles, for new building typologies and structures – the geometries in nature generate both efficiency and beauty. But above all the human is the centre of their work.
Host country/Organizer: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Management: Koelnmesse GmbH
Architecture: LAVA (Berlin) Concept design, planning and implementation: JV of facts & fiction and NUSSLI
The architecture designed by LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) for the German Pavilion also reflects the underlying CAMPUS idea. Rather than being a building in the traditional sense, it is a vertical ensemble of building volumes, surrounded by a connecting element, much like a park surrounds a CAMPUS, just vertically.
This profusion of structures represents Germany’s federal system and the diversity of its industry and research sectors. The cubes stacked one on top of the other combine with enclosed voids in an interplay that results in a fascinating alternation between interior and exterior spaces and many exciting and surprising perspectives. Between the cubes with the three labs visitors will repeatedly find themselves in the galleries of the open atrium, where they can experience CAMPUS GERMANY in all its spectacular diversity.
The atrium is the real heart of the pavilion: a green, open area, offering many surprising perspectives and panoramic views. A place where lots of things happen at the same time – in the exhibition, on the stage and in the restaurant.
On all levels, there will be people exploring the pavilion, chatting and enjoying the campus atmosphere. CAMPUS GERMANY will be a transparent place – multi-faceted, diverse, varied and lively: a place for people. This is a concept that makes the building itself part of the exhibition, turning it into a tool with
© Michele Nastasi
© Michele Nastasi
which to connect people and content – true to the Expo theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.