Robot Bricklayer Builds Swiss Winery

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images via wienerberger brick awards

Can a robot do what a human bricklayer cannot? Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler of ETH Zurich have been playing with robot bricklayers for a while, (seen last in Computer Lays the Prettiest Brick Walls Since Eladio Dieste) and now have worked with Bearth & Deplazes Architekten to build Daniel Gantenbein Winery in Switzerland, and used robots to build the intricate ventilating wall. Could it have been done by live masons?

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John at a Daily Dose of Architecture isn't sure.

Determining the exact angle of each individual brick would have been difficult, especially without any repeating pattern evident. Additionally the application of bonding agents may have been easier with masons, given the variety of overlaps, but the use of computers enabled this hurdle to be addressed fairly easily. And finally the timeframe of three months for Gramazio & Kohler's contribution is most likely too fast for traditional masons, especially with the complexity of the design. So I'm guessing the design arises from robots being able to tackle the pattern. Surely more similarly complex facades will follow.

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Computers have enabled architects to design things that could not have been drawn by hand; the complexity of a Gehry building could not be understood without 3D modelling and computerized tools. How do you even draw something like this, let alone find a mason who could read it.

And why is this on TreeHugger? Bricks last a very long time, and have terrific thermal mass. With a little bit of labour they can be recycled and reused. (Sometimes illegally). It is always interesting to see such an old technology meshed with the new.

Found at Designcrave.

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