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[highlight1]  Green Void Installation  [/highlight1]

The Green Void, a temporary sculptural installation in Sydney by LAVA, is the realisation of an organic digital formation. A three dimensional lightweight synthetic structure, based on surface tension, is stretched to fill the atrium’s void, connecting the walls, floor and ceiling. Floating in the void, the installation’s green fabric is mechanically attached to suspended aluminium track profiles.

Giving up any possibility of arming as a structure in the traditional sense, the proposed installation by LAVA is a tensor structure and runs rings around the central space left by the building where the insert.

With a fairly organic similar to a vine, this vast and colorful structure covers no less than 6 stories high as part of an exhibition is established temporarily in the building. The centrality of space delivery different views from each of the floors to be abalconando to him. The design on the other hand, is inspired by the enveloping forms of nature.

One of the important features involving this project had to do with the use of digital tools throughout the process of work, including structural and construction stages. That’s how much of the proposal resolved the matter prior, requiring limited staff and time to install the entire structure.

This way of working also meant greater efficiency as possible to predetermine the fair use of the material plus simple ways to arm themselves. Currently the Green Void is a project 100 percent transportable and fully reusable.


A spectacular 20 metre-high installation of green lycra is a digital design, derived from nature, realised in lightweight fabric, using the latest digital fabrication techniques to create more with less.

LAVA designed the Green Void installation specifically for the central atrium of Customs House Sydney. Suspended from a height of almost 20m and spanning five levels, the sculpture was an intense visual contrast to the beautifully restored heritage interior of Customs House.

Green Void was a digital design, derived from nature, realised in lightweight fabric, using the latest digital fabrication and engineering techniques, to create more with less. The installation was comprised of 3000cubic metres of space enclosed within a minimal surface area of 300 square metres and used only 40 kg of lightweight material.

The shape of the installation was not explicitly designed but was the result of the most efficient connection of different boundaries in three-dimensional space, found in nature in cells, crystals and soap bubbles. LAVA determined the connection points within the space and the rest was a mathematical formula with a minimal surface. The concept was achieved with a flexible material that follows the forces of gravity, tension and growth, similar to a spider web or a coral reef.

Multimedia artist Peter Murphy created 3D immersive imagery that was viewed without shutter glasses displayed over the new 3D screen technology.

The exhibition was part of the continuous multidisciplinary program developed by Jennifer Kwok, Manager of Customs House, to activate the public space with a focus on featuring contemporary architecture, photography and multimedia exhibitions.

[highlight1]  Data  [/highlight1]

Name: One piece at a time
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Type: INSTALLATION, Art in Architecture
Materials: Specially treated high-tech Nylon and light
Size: Height 20m; Volume: 3000 m3
Project Area: 300 sqm
Status: realized 2008

[highlight1]  The people  [/highlight1]

Client / Owner / Developer: Customs House Sydney, Jennifer Kwok
Designer: LAVA
Project Team: Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck
Collaborators: Jarrod Lamshed, Esan Rahmani, Kim Ngoc Nguyen, Anh Dao Trinh, Erik Escalante Mendoza, Pascal Tures, Mi Jin Chun, Andrea Dorici
Fabrication and installation: Mak Max
Partners: Mak Max; Peter Murphy; TOKO
Text Description: © Courtesy of LAVA
Images: © LAVA, Peter Murphy, Chris Bosse

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