Chris Bosse


Chippendale, Australia
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About me

Chris Bosse is a German-born architect, resident in Sydney in Australia. He was a key designer of the Beijing National Aquatics Centre that was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Educated in Germany and Switzerland, he worked with several high-profile European architects before moving to Sydney. For many years Bosse has based his work on the computational study of organic structures and resulting spatial conceptions. His research lies in the exploration of unusual structures pushing the boundaries of the traditional understanding of structure and architecture with digital and experimental formfinding. Chris Bosse's Masters’ degree dealt with the implementation of virtual environments into architecture. The potential for naturally evolving systems such as snowflakes, spider webs and soap bubbles for new building typologies and structures informs Bosse’s work – the geometries in nature create both efficiency and beauty. But above all the human is the centre of his investigations. Whilst Associate Architect with PTW, Bosse was a key designer of the Watercube for Beijing Olympics [winner of Atmosphere Award, 9th Venice Architecture Biennale] and was recognized in the 2007 AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, RIBA London.[1] He co-founded LAVA the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, with Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck in 2007. LAVA has offices in Sydney, Stuttgart and Abu Dhabi As of 2010 Bosse works as an Adjunct Professor and Research Innovation fellow at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia. LAVA combines digital workflow, local solutions and the latest digital fabrication technologies with the aim of achieving MORE WITH LESS: more (architecture) with less (material/ energy/time/cost). On October 7, 2008 at Dubai cityscape, Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher and LAVA presented the design for The Michael Schumacher World Champion Tower (MSWCT), the first in a series of seven towers to be built worldwide.[2] "The Tower marks a departure from traditional architectural thinking", state the architects Chris Bosse and Tobias Wallisser. “Inspired by the geometrical order of a snowflake and the aerodynamics of a Formula 1 racing car, the tower encapsulates speed, fluid dynamics, future technology and natural patterns of organization”. LAVA architects won the bid to design the city center for the sustainable eco-city Masdar in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2010.[3] LAVA imagined an outdoor city-center based on traditional European public plazas that would encourage social interaction. However, Masdar’s arid climate leaves outdoor spaces subject to the blistering heat of the desert. To ameliorate this problem and create a comfortable place to gather and shop, the architects incorporated adaptive building technologies, and efficient use of energy and water — creating a rather dazzling sustainable city center. The project for the city centre includes a plaza, hotel, convention centre, entertainment and retail facilities. Masdar centre won the Special Award - Environmental Category in the 2009 Cityscape Dubai Awards.[4] LAVA’s DIGITAL ORIGAMI TIGERS are currently traveling the world as part of the WWF year of the tiger campaign.[5] ‘Tower Skin’, a Zeroprize winning speculative proposal [6] for the UTS building in Sydney, re-purposes an inefficient and outdated building.[7] A


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Work history



Lava Laboratory FOR Visionary Architecture

Jun 2007


Associate Architect

PTW Architects

Aug 2002 - Aug 2007
  • concept architect on many projects incl Watercube Beijing



SMO Architecture

Aug 2000 - Nov 2014
  • visionary architectural concepts many successful competition entries bubble highrise berlin max ernst museum bruehl



Architecture Masters

Universities in Berlin Cologne Stuttgart Lausanne and Mendrisio

Nov 1993 - Nov 2014



list of awards

  • Awards 2004 Venice Biennale Award, 2005 Interior Design Award, 2006 I. D. Annual Design Review USA 2006 IDEA Awards, Overall Winner 2007 Bulletin Smart 100 2007 SMH