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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

RAIA Bar in Melbourne, Australia by LAVA

April 24th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

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


  • Architect: LAVA
  • Name of Project: RAIA Bar
  • Location: Designex 2009 Melbourne, Australia
  • Completion date: May 2009
  • Client: RAIA
  • Manufacturer: Mak max
  • Photo credit: Chris Bosse

Images Courtesy Chris Bosse

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.

Images Courtesy 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.

Plan 01

The aim is to optimize the ratio of surface to volume with a minimum amount of material.

Plan 02

Plan 03

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