04.10.18 – 04.11.18

Rock Print Pavilion

Logo Rock Print Pavilion
Logo Rock Print Pavilion
Photo: Michael Lio / © Keystone / Christian Beutler
A house made from loose aggregates and twine, built by a mobile robot in the centre of Winterthur. Researchers from Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich demonstrate the transformative power of digital construction processes by creating a pavilion out of a heap of loose aggregates tied up with twine by a robot.

A robot builds for people

Photos: Michael Lio

Right in the historic heart of the city, newly developed robotic processes combine these ordinary items into a highly resilient material system without the use of tools. They thus provide a first look at some of the astonishing designs that rapid developments in digitalisation are making possible in architecture and the environment.

This activity on Kirchplatz square in front of the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur forms part of the “Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine” exhibition.

Approximately 120 kilometres of string and 30 tonnes of stones will be used for the construction of the “Rock Print Pavilion”.

Rock Print Pavilion – A research demonstration by Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich.

Client: Gewerbemuseum Winterthur
Project team: Petrus Aejmelaeus-Lindström and Gergana Rusenova (project lead), Hannes Mayer, Dr. Ammar Mirjan,  Esther Lombardini, Jesús Medina Ibáñez
Selected experts: Josef Meyer Stahl und Metall AG, Dr. Lüchinger + Meyer Bauingenieure AG, Daniel Meyer, Reto Furrer

We wish to thank the following for their support:

With support from the Friends of the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur.

Rock Print Pavilion – A research demonstration by Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich.

Media conference

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 – 11 a.m. 
With an introduction by Prof. Fabio Gramazio and Hannes Mayer, Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich.

Please send a brief confirmation to Media Relations if you wish to attend. 

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