Gramazio Kohler Research
Open Positions
Seminar Week
MAS Architecture and Digital Fabrication
AAG 2016 Workshop
Spatial Extrusions 2
Spatial Extrusions
Graded Structures 2
Graded Structures
Robotic Wire Cutting Summerschool
Spatial Wire Cutting
Extruded Structures
Remote Material Deposition Installation
Remote Material Deposition
Depth Modulations 2
Design of Robotic Fabricated High Rises 2
Depth Modulations
Complex Timber Structures 2
Complex Timber Structures 1
Robotic Metal Aggregations
Shifted Frames 2
Design of Robotic Fabricated High Rises 1
Shifted Frames 1
Spatial Aggregations 2
Spatial Aggregations 1
Robotic Clay Molding
The Fragile Structure 2
The Fragile Structure 1
Procedural Landscapes 2
Procedural Landscapes 1
Curved Folding
The Interlocking 2
The Interlocking 1
The Sequential Structure 2
The Sequential Structure 1
Explicit Bricks
The Programmed Column 2
The Programmed Column 1
Open Air Theater
Voxels 2
Voxels 1
The Stacked Pavilion
The Opening 2
The Opening 1
The Sequential Wall 2
The Sequential Wall 1
The Foam
The Resolution Wall
Construction Hoarding
The Dissolved Wall
Domoterra Lounge
The Perforated Wall 2
The Perforated Wall 1
The Programmed Wall
The Oblique Hole

The Resolution Wall, ETH Zrich, 2007
Elective Course
In this project we investigated the additive construction of a wall made of autoclaved aerated concrete cubes of different sizes, their edge lengths varying from 5 to 40cm. The time needed by the robot to put in place a module is independent of its size, because the required movement path remains the same. The use of large modules can therefore accelerate the building of a wall many times over, but reduces its resolution and thus the possible level of detailing on the surface and in the interior of the component. An intelligent distribution and jointing of different module sizes can resolve the conflict between the aesthetic and functional advantages of the finest resolution, and the economic necessity of the most efficient fabrication process. Small modules can be placed where a high density of information is desired, while areas with low information density can be built quickly and efficiently using large modules. Since a change in resolution typically corresponds to a change of material, the combination of different module sizes in a homogenously materialised construction element has an unusual and stimulating effect. The joint pattern of the walls transmits a sense of the procedural design logic concealed within the depth of the material.
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Collaborators: Tobias Bonwetsch (project lead), Ralph Baertschi, Daniel Kobel, Michael Lyrenmann
Students: Marcia Akermann, Gregor Bieri, Stefan Bischof, Eliza Boganski, Philip Brm, Frank-Olivier Cottier, Andreas Kast, Irene Lo Iacono
Industry partner: Ytong

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