LAVA’s Green Lycra


If you find yourself in Sydney, Australia before June 10, you might want to run by the Customs House to see Green Void, which has an earlike affinity to Marsyas, Anish Kapoor’s 2002 sculpture for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

The project is the latest creation of the Sydney- and Stuttgart-based design firm LAVA, who claim to take their design cues from “technology, nature, and mankind.” Those were design principles for the Water Cube swimming center at the Beijing Olympics, on which firm founder Chris Bosse collaborated while working as an associate architect at Sydney’s PTW.

According to Bosse, Green Void is a biomorphic Lycra sculpture inspired by the geometries of plants, spider webs, and soap bubbles, and fills a space he tells us is “the equivalent of 8 million cola cans.” But never mind: It looks good!

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