LAVA: martian embassy, sydney
jul 23, 2012
LAVA: martian embassy, sydney


‘the martian embassy’ by LAVA, sydney, australia
image © brett boardman

all images courtesy of LAVA

international firm LAVA has recently completed the ‘martian embassy’ for ‘the sydney story factory’, a non-profit organization in redfern.
the space is designed to take the visitor out of their ordinary surroundings and stimulate their creativity and imagination. 1068 CNC-cut
curvilinear plywood sections capped with martian-green paint comprise the interior of the writing centre, resembling a strange intergalactic
fusion between a ‘whale, a rocket and a time tunnel’. assembled on-site like puzzle pieces, the wooden frames use their shape as ornament
and the intermediate negative space for shelves, benches, displays and storage to effectively utilize one hundred percent of the structure.

the entrance receives humanoid visitors and introduces them to an alien environment complete with lights and sound effects.
further exploration will take the children to the red planet traveler’s shop, where an array of martian products can be purchased.
the final destination is the classroom, where earthling volunteers are available to assist the students in creating and developing their stories.  


martian embassy, entry
image © peter murphy


timber ribs define interior spaces and create fixtures and effects
image © brett boardman


red planet martian supply store
image © brett boardman


shop
image © brett boardman


shop and writing centre
image © brett boardman


store displays
image © peter murphy


writing center
image © brett boardman


model


floor plan / level 0


section


primary rib system


secondary rib system


nested rib pieces on plywood sheets

project info:

production: will o’rourke
creative direction: the glue society
project manager: berents project management
lighting and acoustic design: ARUP
builder: redwood projects
lighting: philips
sound: syntec
oils: avatar air

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