The future is here
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.