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Our friends at LAVA are kicking goals…

Architectural firm LAVA (LAboratory for Visionary Architecture) have designed a revolutionary energy-storing water tank, destined to be the tallest building in the German town of Heidelberg.

The building is loosely based on a giant gas tank that reflected Germany’s energy policy in the 1950’s, and will soon act as a beacon signalling the area’s commitment to wiser and more sustainable energy commitments.

LAVA’s design includes twin elevators to roof top event spaces, a bistro and terrace offering panoramic views. The tank itself is clad in a multi-layered façade, with around 11,000 diamond-shaped rotating plates of stainless steel – which interact with the wind and represent the number of homes supplied with energy by the network.

BE Collective worked with the LAVA team on a Digital Origami Emergency Shelter as a part of an Emergency Shelter Exhibition which toured Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and we are excited to see where they are heading next.

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Germany’s Revolutionary Energy Storing Water Tank

Architectural firm LAVA (LAboratory for Visionary Architecture) have designed a revolutionary energy-storing water tank, destined to be the tallest building in the German town of Heidelberg.

The building is loosely based on a giant gas tank that reflected Germany’s energy policy in the 1950’s, and will soon act as a beacon signalling the area’s commitment to wiser and more sustainable energy.

LAVA’s design includes twin elevators to roof top event spaces, and a bistro and terrace offering panoramic views. The tank itself is clad in a multi-layered façade, with around 11,000 diamond-shaped rotating plates of stainless steel – which interact with the wind and represent the number of homes supplied with energy by the network.

BE Collective worked with the LAVA team on a Digital Origami Emergency Shelter as a part of an Emergency Shelter Exhibition which toured Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, take a look at the project here.

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Event Reminder: GBCA’s Passive House Standard & Green Star – Design & As Built Webinar

Attention Passive House professionals and green design enthusiasts:

Tune in online tomorrow (Wednesday the 16th) at 12:30pm to hear from Australian Passive House Association (APHA) Principal, John Moynihan and GBCA’s Green Star team. The online webinar will unpack and explain a streamlined recognition system for Passive House certified buildings within Green Star.

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) offer a range of professional development and green building industry events, keep your eyes peeled and you’ll likely spot a BE Collective team member at most of their events.

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Virtual Reality – BE Collective gets BE Spectacled

BE Collective is getting BE Spectacled and jumping on the virtual reality trend, with our new Samsung Gear 360degree virtual reality capture and display kit.

The photos in the Gallery below show the raw output from our 360degree cameras, before the software turns it into an immersive and interactive virtual reality file.

We’re now able to take site inspections to the next level, by recording a 360degree virtual reality walk through videos, which anyone can view from the comfort and convenience of the new BE Collective Brisbane Head Office.

We were particularly inspired by a recent visit to our friends at Conrad Gargett, where we were able to try out some high-tech virtual reality gear and explore a 3d model of a building we’ve worked hard on together.

The technology and its implications to the industry are pretty exciting, especially in terms of quality assurance, and communicating design elements to clients.

We’re hoping a more aesthetically pleasing goggle unit is released shortly…

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