Gramazio Kohler Research
Open Positions
The Digital in Architecture II HS22
Immersive Studio - HIL-Z AS22
Computational Design III-IV HS22/FS23
Immersive explorations of architectural acoustics
MAS DFAB: Eggshell Pavilion
Elective course HS22
The Digital in Architecture I FS22
Augmented Realities - Worldmaking 4
The Digital in Architecture II HS21
Augmented Realities - Worldmaking 3
Robotic 360° Light Painting
The Digital in Architecture I FS21
The Digital in Architecture II HS20
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations (Brunnen)
The Digital in Architecture I FS20
Seminar Week FS20
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations (Rio)
The Digital in Architecture II HS19
Robotic Landscapes III
MAS DFAB: Up Sticks
Seminar Week AS19
The Digital in Architecture FS19
Seminar Week SS19
The Digital in Architecture II HS18
Robotic Landscapes II
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations
Zero-Waste Geometry
Seminar Week AS18
ROB|ARCH 2018 Workshop
MAS DFAB: Gradual Assemblies
The Digital in Architecture FS18
Robotic Landscapes I
Malleable Voxels
MAS DFAB: minijammed
Seminar Week
MAS DFAB: Brick Labyrinth
MAS DFAB: Robotic Pavilion
Force-Adaptive Wire Cutting
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
Seminar Week
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 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

Close up of a concrete wall fabricated on a digitally controlled robot.

Close up of a concrete wall fabricated on a digitally controlled robot.

The Perforated Wall, ETH Zurich, 2006
Elective Course
In this project we investigated the architectural potential of perforations in a 1:1 building element. After several design studies and the manufacture of prototypes from polystyrene panels, two walls were realised in concrete. The individual holes could be controlled in terms of four parameters: their position, the angle of their deflection from the surface, their rotation about their centre, and their size. Their distribution on the wall could be designed through globally acting forces of attraction and repulsion; a dynamic system oriented the holes against one another until a state was reached in which there was no overlap. The deflection from the surface and the size of the holes, on the other hand, were controlled via the colour values of a digital image file. These algorithmic tools offered the students an intuitive route into design, and were used to complement the programming of their own logics of distribution and orientation.

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

In cooperation with: IFB ETH Zurich
Collaborators: Daniel Kobel (project lead), Ralph Bärtschi, Michael Lyrenmann
Students: Ladina Esslinger, Chris Keller, Willy Stähelin, Lorenz Weingart
Selected experts: Patrick Stähli (IFB), August Morf (Holzco-Doka AG), Marcel Schneider (Holcim AG)
Industry partner: Holcim AG, Holzco-Doka AG, Geberit AG

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Gramazio Kohler Research
Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication
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