Robotically Fabricated Structure

Intriguing project led by the Adel Design Research (ADR) Laboratory at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Called a “Robotically Fabricated Structure,” it might actually be more interesting for the algorithm component than the robots.

With the goal of using local timber in an area where indigenous trees cannot easily produce full-length building elements, the lab used an algorithm to design a structure composed of only one size of lumber in one length. Designed as 20 robotically fabricated frames, the pavilion was then assembled on-site by hand. Since the whole structure uses the same components, everything could be slotted-in together, using fewer screws.

“The designers hope it can serve as an example of how robotic construction can enable more sustainable forms of construction and minimise waste.”

Photography and video by ADR Laboratory.