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Gradual Assemblies, Rome, 2018
A Summer Pavilion for the Istituto Svizzero
The Istituto Svizzero has invited Gramazio Kohler Research to its main site in Rome to realize a small building project with their students of the MAS in Architecture and Digital Fabrication programme at ETH Zürich. This is the second collaboration with Gramazio Kohler Research after the Reinforced Expose exhibition during the Salone del Mobile 2017 in Milan. In Rome, the bare travertine terrace in the southern corner of Villa Maraini’s stately garden asked for the design and construction of a retreat from the blistering Roman summer heat.
Mainly perceived as a historic city, Rome was once a capital of new technologies. Gradual Assemblies brings back a sense of innovation, redefining a timber gazebo through digital design and robotic fabrication. Built entirely in the Robotic Fabrication Lab at ETH Zürich, it leverages the capacity of industrial robots to place elements precisely in space allowing gradually changing degrees of aperture and the subtle rotation of timber elements to provide both shade and vista.
Yet, technology is not limited to machines. The joints between the beech wood dowels and the spruce wood slats exploit the performative power of nature. Making use of wood’s ability to shrink and expand in relation to moisture levels, dowels and slats interlock through volumetric expansion making nails, glue and screws obsolete. A new rationale for a miraculous garden in a city that deserves to be eternally contemporary.
Credits:
Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Mitarbeiter: Hannes Mayer (Programmdirektor), David Jenny (Projektleitung), Augusto Gandia, Matthias Helmreich, Andreas Thoma
Studenten: Sahar Barzani, Fernando Cena, Georgia Chousou, Alexander Enz, Moon Young Jeong, Frank Lin, Matteo Lomaglio, Ioanna Mitroupolou, Haruna Okawa, Rafael Pastrana, Francisco Regalado, Jetana Ruangjun, Jun Su, Nizar Taha, Yao Wang, Zong-Ru Wu, Angela Yoo
Beratung Tragwerk: Dr. Mario Rinke, Andrea Biancardi (Chair of Structural Design, Prof. Dr. Joseph Schwartz, ETH Zürich)
Koordination Istituto Svizzero: Adrian Brändli, Samuel Gross, Anna Schulz Seyring, Orazio Battaglia
Sponsoren: Gruner AG Basel, Schilliger Holz
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