Gramazio Kohler Research
Open Positions
Jammed Architectural Structures
On-site Robotic Construction
Mesh Mould Metal
Robotic Lightweight Structures
Mesh Mould und In situ Fabricator
Complex Timber Structures
Spatial Timber Assemblies
Smart Dynamic Casting and Prefabrication
Robotic Cosmogony
Gramazio Kohler at MuDA
Robotic Fabrication Laboratory
Spatial Wire Cutting
The Sequential Roof
Robotic Integral Attachment
Mobile Robotic Tiling
YOUR Software Environment
Aerial Construction
Rock Print
Smart Dynamic Casting
Topology Optimization
Iridescence Print
Robotic Foldings
Mesh Mould
Acoustic Bricks
Flight Assembled Architecture
The Endless Wall
The Catenary Pavilion
Additive processes
Pike Loop
Room acoustics
Architonic Concept Space
Structural Oscillations
Winery Gantenbein
Space frame scheme with expanded nodes
Prototype: Zollinger system
Prototype fabrication process

Expanded node

Production of sealing rims for the glued connection
Prototype: Double-layer space frame with expanded nodes

Additive Robotic Fabrication of Complex Timber Structures, Zurich, 2012-2017
NRP 66 Research Project
In view of a worldwide shortage of energy resources and an increasing concern about climate change, this research project aims at a radically advanced application of timber as a structural material in particular consideration of economic and ecologic criteria. In this respect, the project researches a highly integrated digital design and fabrication process for timber. It examines the next logical step in timber prefabrication by introducing robotic assembly instead of traditional manual joining or automation of parts. Key to this approach is the underlying notion that complex timber-derived structures can be built up from very simple parts of softwood – most commonly perceived as low-grade or even waste material. The precise and efficient robotic assembly permits the folding of small parts into complex, robust and lightweight structures using material very economically.

The project is part of the SNSF National Research Programme “Resource Wood“ (NRP 66) and is conducted in collaboration with the Bern University of Applied Sciences Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering.

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

In cooperation with: Prof. Eduard Bachmann (BFH-AHB), Prof. Dr. Christophe Sigrist (BFH-AHB)
Research programme: National Research Programme 66 of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Collaborators: Anna Aleksandra Apolinarska (project lead phase 2), Michael Knauss (project lead phase 1), Dr. Volker Helm, Dr. Thomas Kohlhammer
Industry partner: Nolax AG

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Gramazio Kohler Research
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