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Chris Bosse: Bringing Visionary Architecture to Life


Renowned for his design of Beijing National Aquatics Centre built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, German-born architect Chris Bosse has since garnered extensive recognition for many more high profile projects. Educated in Germany and Switzerland, he worked with several high-profile European architects before moving to Sydney. Whilst Associate Architect at PTW Architects in Sydney he completed many projects in Asia and the Middle East.

In 2007, he co-founded Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) with Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck, a company that brings together digital workflow, local solutions and the latest digital fabrication technologies with the aim of achieving more with less: more (architecture) with less (material/ energy/time/cost). Today, LAVA has offices in Sydney, Stuttgart and Abu Dhabi with Bosse leading the helm as director of LAVA Asia Pacific based in Sydney, Australia.Bosse is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Bosse’s works is based on a unique design approach that came from in-depth research on the architecture, the environment as well as the digital landscape. For many years, the computational study of organic structures and resulting spatial conceptions served as foundation for many of his projects. Bosse explored unusual structures to push the boundaries of the traditional understanding of structure and architecture with digital and experimental form finding. His master’s degree also dealt with the implementation of virtual environments into architecture.

“We study and implement the potential for naturally evolving systems such as snowflakes, spider webs and soap bubbles for new building typologies and structures – the geometries in nature create both efficiency and beauty. But above all the human is the centre of his investigations,” Bosse shares. “Structure, material and building skin are three areas LAVA believes that architecture can learn so much from nature. Projects incorporate intelligent systems and skins that can react to external influences such as air pressure, temperature, humidity, solar-radiation and pollution.”

For his work on the Beijing National Aquatics Centre which was dubbed the Watercube Olympic swimming centre, Bosse received the Atmosphere Award at the 9th Venice Architecture Biennale; and went on to win an Emerging Architect Award from RIBA in 2008 London and a 40 Under 40 Award in 2012 and Australian Design Honour at the Australian Design Centre in Sydney in 2015.

His other notable projects include Moet Marquee, Mercedez Benz Museum, Digital Origami, Masdar City Centre, MSWCT Michael Schumacher Tower, Sherman Library, MTV Awards, Green Void, Tower Skin, Jeju Hills, Harbin Ice Hotel and the Martian Embassy

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