Summer Pavilion at ISR, Roma
At the heart of the project stands the development of a new timber construction method, where short slats are held in space and locked by wood dowels. Spatially complex, the process takes full advantage of the potential for cooperative multi-robotic fabrication in the Robotic Fabrication Laboratory at ETH Zurich. The unique setup of two robotic arms suspended from a gantry allows to position and hold a timber slat in space by one arm, while the other arm drills the holes for the dowels at a defined angle. Taking advantage of the hygroscopic behavior of wood, the dowels are pre-dried in an oven to facilitate their manual insertion into the pre-drilled holes. Once moisture is applied, the volumetric expansion maximizes the frictional force between dowels and slats making any additional nails, glue or screws obsolete.
Students_Barzani Sahar, Cena Martinez Fernando, Georgia Chousou, Alexander Enz, Jeong Moonyoung, Cheng-Huang “Frank” Lin, Lomaglio Matteo, Mitropoulou Ioanna, Nizar Taha, Okawa Haruna, Pastrana Jimenez Armando Rafael , Regalado Abascal Francisco, Jetana “Jet” Ruangjun, Su Jun, Wu Zong-Ru, Yao Wang, Yoo Angela
Tutors_ Hannes Mayer (programme director), David Jenny (project lead), Augusto Gandia, Matthias Helmreich, Andreas Thoma
Photo Credits_ Jetana Ruangjun