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Flexbrick: Prototype 2

Flexbrick: Prototype 2
Flexbrick: Prototype 2, detail

FlexBrick, ETH Zurich, 2008-2010
Masonry facade system prefabricated in a robot-based manufacturing process
The façade system “Flexbrick” made out of masonry is manufactured by a robot-based fabrication process. Therefore the efficiency and flexibility of this digitally informed process of prefabrication are combined with the appreciated and sustainable construction of masonry in-situ. New potentials for the discipline of architecture arise as new kinds of application in terms of technical performance and new ways of aesthetical expression are made possible.

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

In cooperation with: innovation promotion agency CTI
Client: Keller Ziegeleien AG, Pfungen
Research programme: KTI
Collaborators: ETH Zürich: Markus Giera (project lead), Volker Helm (project lead phase 2), Dr. Ralph Bärtschi, Tobias Bonwetsch, Mike Lyrenmann, Chang Zhang
Keller AG Ziegeleien: Christian Ehmann, Kurt Schuler, Dr. Jenö Varga, Max Wassmer
Consultancy: EMPA - Dübendorf, Professur für Bauphysik - ETH Zürich

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