Christian Sandor TSCHERSICH

Director LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, Germany

Christian Sandor TSCHERSICH

Director LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, Germany


Christian Sandor TSCHERSICH, senior associate of LAVA will present more about the philosophy and vision of the LAVA office.

LAVA merges future technologies with the patterns of organisation found in nature to build a smarter, friendlier, more socially and environmentally responsible future.

LAVA uses naturally evolving structural systems, such as snowflakes, spider webs and soap bubbles, for new building typologies and structures – the geometries in nature generate both efficiency and beauty. But above all the human is the centre of their work.

LAVA combines digital workflow, nature’s structural principles and the latest digital fabrication technologies to build MORE WITH LESS: more (architecture) with less (material/ energy/time/cost).

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.

LAVA designs everything from master-plans and urban centres, to homes made out of PET bottles to ‘reskinning’ aging 60s icons, from furniture to hotels, houses and airports of the future.

LAVA was the 2016 European Architecture Laureate. The Laureate honours the commitment and achievements of the best European architects who have determined a more critical, intellectual, and artistic approach to the design of buildings and cities. It is awarded by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

Recent Projects

  • Synergy Park Lühn, Lingen, Germany
  • ZJT Zhejiang Gate, Hangzhou, China
  • KACST Headquarter, Riyadh, KSA
  • EXPO 2020 German Pavilion, Dubai, UAE
  • What if? Berlin Karl Marx Allee 2050, Berlin, Germany
  • EZS, Heidelberg, Germany