COROBRIK: Robotically Assembled Brick Columns Broaden Design HorizonsFeatured Image: www.gramaziokohler.arch.ethz.ch Placing equal emphasis on both form and function can be particularly challenging when it comes to designing columns. But BLOCK Research group, together with ETH Zurich students were able to achieve the perfect balance of form and function in their 3 prototypical brick columns – a balance which they attained with ease, thanks to the help of modern technology. By using advanced parametric software, the students could explore the complex relationship between design intent and design response, and manipulate their prototypes accordingly. This digital experimentation provided the students with the opportunity to come up with extremely creative and innovative ideas that paired striking aesthetics with excellent structural integrity. Building The Three Brick Columns The task of bringing the brick columns to life was assigned to a robotic fabrication unit, which ensured that each prototype was as flawless as its design. Advanced bricklaying techniques that would require painstaking attention to detail from most builders, were carried out with effortless precision. And the three brick columns, standing 4 metres high, proudly display the design potential of digital fabrication. Programmed columns, such as these, demonstrate a shift in the way architects and engineers view traditional building materials, and it’s exciting to see one of the oldest and most widespread building materials break away from its conventional appearance, and take on a new and shapely image. With so many intelligent building tools available, the realm of possibilities continues to expand, and it’s very likely that new brickwork patterns and techniques will emerge alongside advancements in architectural technology. Whatever building breakthroughs arise, you can be sure that Corobrik will fill you in! So give their website a visit, and keep up to date with all the latest building news. Contact: Corobrik
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