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LAVA´s concept for the Green Climate Fund

LAVA´s concept for the Green Climate Fund

What is a symbol? Let´s have a quick look at the all knowing Wikipedia.

“A symbol is something that represents an idea, a process, or a physical entity. The purpose of a symbol is to communicate meaning. For example, a red octagon may be a symbol for “STOP”. On a map, a picture of a tent might represent a campsite. Numerals are symbols for numbers. Personal names are symbols representing individuals. A red rose symbolizes love and compassion.”

And indeed, the headquarter of the Green Climate Fund is “something that represents an idea”. At the moment the Federal Government of Germany is applying to get the headquarter of this institution to Bonn.

The Green Climate Fund was founded within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as a mechanism to transfer money from the developed to the developing world, in order to assist the developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. Its legal basis can be found in the Copenhagen Accord. The Green Climate Fund will support projects, programmes, policies and other activities in developing countries using thematic funding windows. It`s got the objective to raise $100 billion a year by 2020. Besides Germany countries like Mexico, Poland and Namibia apply for the headquarter of the Green Climate Fund.

Perfection in design and functionality – the concept from LAVA

Now the German Government has presented its application to the public, and the exciting design of the headquarter was elaborated by our innovative partner for design and architecture: LAVA! The name LAVA stands for “Laboratory for Visionary Architecture” and this is exactly what their concepts represent. As you can see when you look at our solar charging station Point.One, LAVA is one of the leading teams when modern technologies, sustainability and organic design need to be combined in a unique way. There are many more examples for the exciting design concepts from LAVA that demonstrate the unique approach of the team. Just have look at:

The building will comply with the latest energy and building ecology standards, meeting the highest demands in terms of sustainability ecology and energy efficiency We want the vision for international climate protection to be realised in the building itself”, said Stephan Markus Albrecht, who manages the project at LAVAs offices in Stuttgart.

The cladding of the building allows maximum illumination by daylight and enables natural and energy saving ventilation. When developing the concept LAVA was working closely with the Fraunhofer-Institut to do research on intelligent systems, materials and surfaces to cope with atmospheric exposure. Just like LAVA the team from EIGHT is also in close contact with the Fraunhofer-Institute when working on solutions that combine green technologies and sustainability to create products that enthuse people.

So we say “best of luck” to the German application for the headquarters. We think this could be a strong signal and a lot of motivation for Germany´s effort to push many topics around sustainability on a global scale. And of course “fingers crossed” to our friends at LAVA! We hope your inspiring concept will become reality and the building will become a beacon symbol for sustainability in the heart of Europe.

  1. Sass Peress says:

    Well written blog entry.

    I think that Germany has a very good chance of winning the location of the building, and hope that LAVA is thus awarded the contract.

    With today’s debt challenges, funding for iconic representations will often take a back seat to more immediate financial needs, yet I hope that the Germany government won’t lose sight of the benefits that investing in such ventures will bring. There will be lots of secondary benefits to local industry including the knowledge obtained in how to best design, construct and maintain the “buildings of the future”, and that societal value will be huge as Germany exports more and more “services” vs “hardware”.

  2. EIGHT says:

    Nice to read. Would love to see more!

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