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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.

Classroom of the Future in Australia by LAVA

January 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LAVA

LAVA`s school relocatable is a learning space for the future. The classroom for 21st century learning is sustainable, integrates with the landscape, connects with the school environment, and is suitable for prefabrication and mass customization. Relocatable’s are the decades old solution to changing demographics, remote community needs, and natural disasters. Unsightly, they are perceived as cheap and unpleasant spaces.

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  • Architects: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA]
  • Project: Classroom of the Future
  • Location: Australia
  • Date: 2011
  • Client: Future Proofing School
  • Status: Competition entry – commendation
  • Size: 60-180 sqm each
  • Partners: ARUP
  • Photography: LAVA

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This idea is upturned with spaces that are sustainable, practical, costeffective whilst making learning fun and exciting. Sustainable design includes prefabrication, eco-materials, symmetrical repeatable geometry, and small lightweight easily transportable modular elements. The modular façade system is manually operable, flexible for light and shade, enclosed space or open space, bringing the outside in or the inside out. Mass customisation is low cost, low carbon, with off-site prefabrication allowing responsive assembly, and adapts to varied climates, unusual configurations and topographies.

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The ‘three axis’ geometry design allows interlocking of various configurations to adapt to changing class sizes, learning clusters and future learning methods. This cellular space for learning strengthens the connection between mankind, nature and technology. The design received a ‘Jury Special Mention’ in the Australian Future Proofing School competition and was on show in December 2011 at the Wunderlich Gallery, University of Melbourne.


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LAVA – Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck

LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) was founded in 2007. The directors, Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck, have designed projects such as the city centre plan for the CO²-neutral Masdar City, the Michael Schumacher Tower in Abu Dhabi, Future-Hotel-Prototype in Duisburg and a new university master plan in Saudi Arabia.


Chris Bosse, whilst associate architect at PTW Architects, was a key designer of the Watercube at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Tobias Wallisser is Professor for Innovative Construction and Spatial Concepts at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart. As an associate architect at UNStudio, Amsterdam, he was responsible for the planning of the Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Museum. Both of these projects set new standards in the field of computer-based drafting. Alexander Rieck has been working for the Fraunhofer Institute in Stuttgart for over ten years and coordinates a range of inter-institutional architectural activities, including the research project Future of Construction.





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