Gramazio Kohler Research
Open Positions
Jammed Architectural Structures
On-site Robotic Construction
Mesh Mould Metal
Robotic Lightweight Structures
Complex Timber Structures
Robotic Fabrication Laboratory
Spatial Wire Cutting
Mobile Robotic Tiling
The Sequential Roof
Robotic Integral Attachment
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

Flight Assembled Architecture, 2011-2012
FRAC Centre Orlans
Flight Assembled Architecture is the first architectural installation assembled by flying robots, free from the touch of human hands. The installation is an expression of a rigorous architectural design by Gramazio & Kohler and a visionary robotic system by Raffaello DAndrea. Flight Assembled Architecture consists of over 1.500 modules which are placed by a multitude of quadrotor helicopters, collaborating according to mathematical algorithms that translate digital design data to the behavior of the flying machines. In this way, the flying vehicles, together, extend themselves as living architectural machines and complete the composition from their dynamic formation of movement and building performance. Within the build, an architectural vision of a 600m high vertical village for 30000 inhabitants unfolds as model in 1:100 scale. This newly founded village is located in the rural area of Meuse, taking advantage of an existing TGV connection that brings its inhabitants to Paris in less than one hour. It is from this quest of an ideal self-sustaining habitat that the authors pursue a radical new way of thinking and materializing verticality in architecture, Flight Assembled Architecture.

More information at:
Flight Assembled Architecture

Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D`Andrea in cooperation with ETH Zurich

In cooperation with:
Professorship Raffaello D'Andrea, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich

FRAC Centre (Co-Producer)

Andrea Kondziela (project lead), Sarah Bridges, Tim Burton, Thomas Cadalbert, Dr. Ralph Brtschi, Peter Heckeroth, Marion Ott, Tanja Pereira, Dominik Weber, Dr. Jan Willmann

Selected experts:
Wind Tunnel Testing: Chair of Building Physics, Prof. Jan Carmeliet, ETH Zurich and Empa
Structural Engineering: Dr. Lchinger + Meyer Bauingenieure AG
Faade Engineering: Dr. Lchinger + Meyer Bauingenieure AG
Energy Consulting: Amstein + Walthert AG

Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, Centre Culturel Suisse Paris, Platform, Regroupement des Fonds rgionaux d'art contemporain, Vicon Motion Systems, ERCO Leuchten GmbH, JET Schaumstoff - Formteile GmbH
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Gramazio Kohler Research
Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication
ETH Zrich HIB E 43
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