LAVA, Hvolsvöllur

Designed by: Basalt Architects / Gagarin
For client: LAVA Floor area: 900.00 M² Year of completion: 2017
Submitted for: Exhibition of the Year


Public Score
3.09
3.01 Function
3.05 Innovation
3.21 Creativity
Lava Centre Basalt Architects 04 Photo Credit Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
© Ragnar Th Sigurdsson

About the Project

Lava Centre in the south of Iceland is surrounded by some of the country’s greatest and most active volcanoes. The main exhibition provides a unique immersive and interactive experience where visitors can feel, experience and understand the extreme natural forces that shape our planet and created Iceland.

Architecture and lighting design play a major role in the experience of the exhibition. Conceived as a journey of discovery, the exhibition is arranged across a series of interconnected spaces that vary in shape, size and lighting quality according to particular design concepts within the main theme.

Following a tangible interaction approach, every exhibit in the exhibition is either triggered or shaped by visitors’ motion or behaviour. In this way, visitors experience the exhibition in different ways, gathering along the way a wide variety of experiences that range from personal and intimate to collective.

Built on rigorous scientific research, the exhibition uses both recorded and live data from the leading geological institutions and universities in Iceland. Visitors can experience earthquakes created by real seismic data, feel the movement of magma within the Eyjafjallajökull central volcano or encounter a large-scale replica of the deep mantle plume that lies beneath Iceland and is responsible for its active volcanism.

What’s unique about it

Iceland has some of the most active volcanic systems in the world with volcanic eruptions every two to three years. The land is shaped by these epic forces with ever changing landscapes wherever you go. LAVA visitors gain an in depth understanding of the geological powers that can be found in the different volcanic systems in Iceland, feel the underlying activity and learn them how to „read“ the landscape on their further travel around the island.

The exhibition is based on a full immersion design approach, where visitor experience is maximized through the active engagement of the senses. Visitors get a crash-course in volcanology while experiencing the extreme forces associated with volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. How was Iceland created? What causes the earth to shake? Which types of volcanoes are there and how can I “read the landscape”? These are just few of the questions people get answers to, and all through immersive experiences and tangible interaction.

Through their active participation, visitors get to create Iceland, shape the tectonic crust with magma intrusions and eruptions that then result in mountains, rift valleys, islands, floods, craters and more. The exhibition delivers the right feelings and emotions through a certain design abstraction allowing the essence of each natural phenomena to shine through.

Lava Centre Basalt Architects 06 Photo Credit Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
© Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
Lava Centre Basalt Architects 07 Photo Credit Magnus Elvar Jonsson
© Magnus Elvar Jonsson
Lava Centre Basalt Architects 08 Photo Credit Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
© Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
Lava Centre Basalt Architects 10 Photo Credit Magnus Elvar Jonsson
© Magnus Elvar Jonsson
Lava Centre Basalt Architects 12 Photo Credit Magnus Elvar Jonsson
© Magnus Elvar Jonsson
Lava Centre Basalt Architects 13 Photo Credit Magnus Elvar Jonsson
© Magnus Elvar Jonsson
Lava Centre Basalt Architects 14 Photo Credit Magnus Elvar Jonsson
© Magnus Elvar Jonsson
Lava Centre Basalt Architects 02 Photo Credit Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
© Ragnar Th Sigurdsson
Lava Centre Basalt Architects 03 Photo Credit Magnus Elvar Jonsson
© Magnus Elvar Jonsson

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