The fu­ture is here

Business Traveler (USA) - - COVER STORY -

The Lab­o­ra­tory for Vi­sion­ary Ger­many, Abu Dhabi, Sin­ga­pore and Aus­tralia and its creative team ex­plores “fron­tiers that merge fu­ture tech­nolo­gies with the pat­terns of or­ga­ni­za­tion found in na­ture,” believ­ing this will re­sult in “a smarter, friend­lier, more so­cially and en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble fu­ture.”

LAVA’s de­signs in­cor­po­rate in­tel­li­gent sys­tems and “skins that can re­act pres­sure, tem­per­a­ture, hu­mid­ity, so­lar ra­di­a­tion and pol­lu­tion.” It de­signs ev­ery­thing from ur­ban cen­ters, such as the fu­tur­is­tic Mas­dar City cen­ter in Abu Dhabi to homes made out of PET bot­tles, and ho­tels, houses and air­ports of the fu­ture.

LAVA’s work­ing pro­to­type of a fu­ture ho­tel room looked at “the in­ter­faces be­tween ar­chi­tec­ture, tech­nol­ogy and the hu­man body.” The room is womb-like, rounded, and fea­tures curved sur­faces (cir­cles ap­par­ently make peo­ple re­lax), anti-jet­lag lights, in­ter­ac­tive ceil­ing light­ing (you can choose your mood from a rain­bow of col­ors) and a bed that rocks you to sleep. The bath­room has a re­ac­tive mir­ror that lights up when you look into it and the bath has heated sides. The win­dows turn into an opaque en­ter­tain­ment screen at the click of com­puter.

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