‘green climate fund headquarters’ by LAVA, bonn, germany all images courtesy of LAVA




sydney, stuttgart, berlin, riyadh and shanghai-based practice LAVA has designed a proposal for the ‘green climate fund headquarters’ in bonn, germany. the structure is an ‘ecological model project’ that demonstrates the motto: ‘green is the new black’ in the government’s bid to host the secretariat for the green climate fund (GCF). the future structure will be situated along the rhine river within walking distance of several system departments, including the federal ministry for the environment, nature conservation and nuclear safety and economic cooperation and development.


the three level structure will comply with the latest efficiency and building ecology standards meeting the highest demands in terms of sustainability (german gold certificate) and net zero energy. the facade takes on a curvilinear form that hosts nature light wells, roof top gardens and large sunken terrace for the restaurant. the interior planning includes an access and logistics area with security controls, a visitor reception zone, state-of-the-art office technology, an auditorium, a conference room, a canteen/cafeteria and an underground car park.

LAVA: green climate fund headquarters, bonn interior perspective




‘LAVA has worked closely with the advanced research facilities and experts at the world renowned fraunhofer IAO to generate intelligent systems, materials and skins that respond to external influences such as air pressure, temperature, humidity, solar-radiation and pollution’. – LAVA director alexander rieck

LAVA: green climate fund headquarters, bonn library

LAVA: green climate fund headquarters, bonn site location

LAVA: green climate fund headquarters, bonn night view

LAVA: green climate fund headquarters, bonn site plan

LAVA: green climate fund headquarters, bonn diagram of program



project info:


client: the federal government of germany location: bonn, germany status: feasibility study 2012 size: 13 000 sq.m project team: lava – tobias wallisser, alexander rieck, chris bosse with stephan markus albrecht, marvin bratke, stefanie pesel and christian tschersich general advisor: fraunhofer iao building advisor: fraunhofer allianz bau photobioreactor-facade / microalgae cultivation advisor: fraunhofer igb visualisation: mir