LAVA - Sydney Tower (Category: Future of Re-Skinning)
Project: LAVA - Sydney Tower (Category: Future of Re-Skinning)
Date retrofit completed: Proposal
Architects: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Summary: The proposal of the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) to re-skin the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) tower aims to transform the identity of the brutalist-style high-rise and reduce its carbon footprint. LAVA has developed a simple, cost-effective and easily constructed building skin that forms a translucent cocoon to create a micro-climate. The skin can generate energy with embedded photo-voltaic cells, collect rain water, and improve the distribution of natural daylight. It can also use available convective energy to power the building’s ventilation requirements, reducing HVAC dependency. The skin could be applied to other similar existing structures inexpensively, contributing to a low-cost, efficient way to beautify cities everywhere.