Flight Assembled Architecture by Gramazio
& Kohler and Raffaello d'Andrea


Flight Assembled Architecture by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello d'Andrea

Flying robots will assemble a six metre-high tower at the FRAC Centre in Orléans, France, next month.

Flight Assembled Architecture by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello d'Andrea

Created by Swiss architects Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea, the mobile machines will lift, transport and assemble 1500 polystyrene foam bricks to build a 3.5 metre wide structure.

Flight Assembled Architecture by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello d'Andrea

The installation will be on show from 2 December 2011 to 19 February 2012.

Flight Assembled Architecture by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello d'Andrea

Gramazio & Kohler previously used a robot called R-O-B to build a looping wall in New York and the award-winning Structural Oscillations installation at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale - more details and photos in our earlier story.

Flight Assembled Architecture by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello d'Andrea

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Here are some more details from the architects:

From December 2, 2011, to February 19, 2012, the FRAC Centre presents Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello d'Andrea, Flight Assembled Architecture, the first installation to be built by flying machines.

In 2011, Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea started to develop a pioneering approach on dynamic material formation and machine behaviour.

Belonging to the generation of young architects aiming at using the full potential of digital design and fabrication, Gramazio & Kohler joined with Raffaello D’Andrea whose work addresses ground-breaking autonomous systems design and algorithms.

Together, they started to explore the possibilities of a revolutionary assembly apparatus and reveal with their collaboration unseen spatial and structural articulations based on the innovation of Flight Assembled Architecture.

Conceived as an architectural structure at a scale of a 600 m high “vertical village”, the installation addresses radical new ways of thinking and materializing architecture as a physical process of dynamic formation.

Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea developed a powerful expression of cutting-edge innovation that uses a multitude of mobile agents working in parallel and acting together as scalable production means.

Those are programmed to interact, lift, transport and assemble small modules in order to erect a building structure that synthesizes a rigorous architectural approach by Gramazio & Kohler and a visionary autonomous system design by Raffaello D’Andrea.

The FRAC Centre chose to associate with their approach. The aim was to initiate a unique installation and be able to include the result in its collection of experimental architecture.

Moreover, this is the first collaborative project by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea and will be exclusively exhibited at the FRAC Centre, Orléans.

Following an initial phase lasting several days and dedicated to the assembly by flying machines of a model standing 6 m high and 3,5 m in diameter– made up of 1500 prefabricated polystyrene foam modules –,
the exhibition will feature a “megastructure” in its completed form, along with a film documenting the airborne assembly and all aspects of the exhibition.

Additional lecture by Gramazio & Kohler on their architectural works, organized by the Centre culturel suisse in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Centre Pompidou, December 2, 2011, 7 pm.

An exhibition catalogue (English/French bilingual), Flight Assembled Architecture by Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea, FRAC Centre coll., will be published by HYX, Orléans in February 2012.

  • So what will prevent the robots to rebel and start hurling their cargo towards the unsuspecting meatbags, I mean humans?

    Srsly though, it's an interesting experiment, though I worry that the wind created by the rotors will blow up the blocks out of position.

    May I suggest using magnets to ensure proper adhesion between the parts?

  • Does anyone know if the building process is being streamed or at least filmed and broadcast afterwards? This is fascinating. Will our buildings be put together by robots one day? Perhaps the Construction industry will experience a fundamental revolution.

  • Max

    Makes me think of the FLYING ART LEICA by Flying Concepts

  • dfs

    thats nothing! I have trained a cocodrile to build such a tower, and since it was really easy now I decided to do it in a much more complicated way, blinfolded, and putting the pieces with my………you know with what. I mean, does it get any more ridiculous than this?. Anyway, I think is called 'research'. ( just like my 2 mentioned experiments).

  • I want to see this in Australia!!!