Spatial Timber Assemblies: Architecture, Robotics, and Craftsmanship

ETH Zürich

Initiation and planning: Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication
Users: Researchers at the Institute for Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, and NCCR Digital Fabrication
Equipment: Ceiling-mounted gantry system with four cooperating robots
Year: 2016
Photography: Roman Keller

The Robotic Fabrication Laboratory (RFL) is the world’s first research platform for large-scale robotic fabrication in architecture. The RFL is a ceiling-mounted gantry system that spans the entire laboratory hall and is able to work across a total volume of 45 x 17 x 6 metres using four cooperating industrial robots. This allows it to carry out experiments in the field of robotic fabrication in architecture on a scale previously unknown and also opens up new fields of research. The RFL is an integral component of the new Arch_Tec_Lab at the Institute for Technology in Architecture (ITA).

Participating professors:
Philippe Block, Professor of Architecture and Structure
Benjamin Dillenburger, Assistant Professor of Digital Building Technologies
Fabrizio Gramazio, Professor of Architecture and Digital Fabrication
Matthias Kohler, Professor of Architecture and Digital Fabrication
Arno Schlüter, Professor of Architecture and Building Systems
Joseph Schwartz, Professor of Structural Design
Participating industry partners:
ABB Schweiz AG
Güdel Schweiz AG
Bachmann Engineering AG