Printing Out Buildings: R&Sie;(n)'s Museum of Ice
François Roche of French architecture firm R&Sie;(n) (their invisible house here ) won the competition to build a new "museum of ice"- an art museum and alpine ice research station in Ã‰volÃ¨ne, Switzerland. (We suppose like Joni Mitchell's Tree Museum, we are going to need Ice Museums). They are going to build it with a monster CNC machine in Lausanne, like stacking up a loaf of bread.
The Architects Newsletter says:
To build the museum, which is currently in design development, Roche plans to take 1,000 locally harvested trees, turn them into plywood, and mill them into fragments 2.5 meters wide by 7 meters long. These vertical "slices," each 90 centimeters deep, will serve as the structural system, holding mechanical services within their depth. Assembled like a loaf of bread on site, the slices will be glued together with a resin system and wooden dowels (code-required concrete is used only in the elevator core). And it's all generated directly from Roche's computer model, which in turn drives the milling machine."
"Roche turned to a large-scale CNC facility run by the company Ducret-Orges, near Lausanne. Here, he found a five-axis machine originally developed to create components to restore the region's medieval buildings. With a working area measuring 40 meters long and 5 meters wide, the machine could fabricate not just a model of the building, or small parts of it, but full-scale structural slices. "We discovered that we could produce an enormous piece," Roche said. Moreover, the five-axis router allowed him to realize the computer-modeled design in its full ganglionic glory. "The jump to five-axis makes it all possible," he added. "Three-axis machines simplified the shape. Now with five-axis you get the original shape itself."