The Sequential Structure
Additive fabrication of wooden structural systems

This teaching project explored potentials of additive digital fabrication of complex structural systems in wood. The students designed spatial parametric structural systems where individual wooden slats were cut to size, placed and glued by a robotic fabrication unit. A rule based description of the assembly logic allowed for the adaption to local requirements of the structural system. The design of the framework directly affected the spatial qualities and light conditions in the interior space of the structures. This resulted in locally differentiated systems, taking into account structural requirements as well as spatial and formal aspects of the design.

The project was initiated and developed in the context of the elective course program of the Professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich in collaboration with the BLOCK research group at ETH Zurich.
Academic Institution:
ETH Zurich, Architecture and Digital Fabrication, Prof. Gramazio, Prof. Kohler
Collaboration with:
Philippe Block
Lead Researchers:
Michael Knauß
Ralph Bärtschi, Michael Lyrenmann, Maria Vrontissi
Jonas Epper, Sofia Georgakopoulou, Mathew Huber, Benz Hubler, Jessica Knobloch, Teresa McWalters
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