LAVA: classroom of the future
LAVA: classroom of the future
jan 25, 2012

LAVA: classroom of the future

‘classroom of the future’ by LAVA, australia all images courtesy of LAVA

sydney, stuttgart and shanghai-based practice LAVA has designed the ‘classroom of the future’. the prefabricated and relocatable classroom unit integrates into the landscape while enhancing the learning environment, allowing adjustments for changing needs of remote schools in australia. transforming the stigma of unsightly and unpleasant moveable architecture, this proposal attempts to make learning fun and exciting within a sustainable, practical and cost effective structure.

LAVA: classroom of the future exterior

eco-materials form symmetrical repeatable geometry and small lightweight modular elements. the facade system is manually operable adjusting the amounts of light and shade as necessary while altering the enclosed versus open space. the low cost and low carbon options for mass customization also adapts to various climates and configures to a variety of terrains. the three axis geometry produces interlocking arrangements, catering to changing class sizes and future learning methods.

LAVA: classroom of the future aerial view

LAVA: classroom of the future classroom interior

LAVA: classroom of the future exploded axonometric

LAVA: classroom of the future section perspective

LAVA: classroom of the future temperate climate diagram

LAVA: classroom of the future temperate climate diagram

LAVA: classroom of the future arid climate diagram

LAVA: classroom of the future arid climate diagram

LAVA: classroom of the future tropical climate diagram

LAVA: classroom of the future tropical climate diagram

project info:

architect: laboratory for visionary architecture [LAVA] chris bosse, tobias wallisser, alexander rieck stuttgart – sydney – shanghai name of project: classroom of the future location: australia date: 2011 client: future proofing school status: competition entry – commendation size: 60-180 sqm each


  • What\’s the external finishing of the project?

  • wow how idyllic, at least there are no corners to be ordered to stand in, for daydreaming out the window (walls). where is the teacher/tutors focus. nice swooshy shapes however and sparkling white-wash surfaces – great for grafitti perhaps.

  • Very Utopian, fantastic, a little phantasmogoric and playful. Quirky and Stylish, “designed” These are all elements, feelings, emotions and themes that kids in schools should be exposed to. The last time I visited a school, it resembled a prison. What spontaneity, free thinking, creativity or flexibility does that encourage?????, you are what you eat, and you are a product of your environment……

    pk Enter
  • This shows the need to focus of teaching small groups of individuals.Our reality shows that schools form closed groups of youths and teaches them simoultenaously and doesn’t take in mind the difference between the individuals….as a matter of fact our sociaty doesn’t want individuals… that being nice and fluent, organic and in touch with nature, it is utopian….

    Archtecture should change sociaty….this project displays the need to perceive a youth as a future individual and not as a part of the enermous clockwork that we call capitalism….

  • haha…future concepts with the use of mid century furniture…brilliant..

  • yeah – future schools are on top of golf courses.
    this doesn\’t face any of the challenges of our time – it is just naive

    no sense
  • Nice to live in… or for an vacation!
    Althoug i wonder what is meant by the ‘cost effective structure’.

    [url=]Arnout Hasselaar[/url]

  • how idyllic

    what happend in an urban context?


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