An architecture firm called Studio RAP has built what it claims is the”first robotically fabricated building in the Netherlands,” using automated milling techniques to craft a unique, swooping structure.
The 130-square-metre building was put together inside a giant disused machine hall. The team used 3D modelling program Rhino to create the plans for the 2235-panel roof, which were then robotically milled. Humans did have a hand in piecing their finger joints together, though, which you can see in this video.
Speaking to Dezeen, the architects explained:
“This optimisation results in a compression-only roof structure. The vault rises up in a spectacular way from a central column that gradually blends into the roof construction in one smooth motion.
“We redefine the definition of the contemporary architect. Through digital fabrication, the architect can become a master builder, with increased control over the quality and integrity of the building in relation to the design intent.”
It’s not the first architectural robot, of course — many different concepts have been suggested and even implemented along the same lines — but it does show that robots are set to taken an increasingly large role in the construction industry.
Images by Studio RAP