Structural Oscillations
Installation at the 11th Venice Architectural Biennale

The brick installation "Structural Oscillations" was conceived for the 11th Architectural Biennale in Venice and fabricated on site with a mobile robotic fabrication unit. The design of the 100 m long brick wall is based upon a continuous line which redefines the spatial organization of the pavilion. The rules for the computational generation of its shape are deduced from the constructive requirement that each produced wall segment should stand firmly on its own. Where the generative curve is almost straight, the wall's footprint begins to swing, thus increasing its stability. Through its materiality and spatial configuration the wall enters into a dialogue with the modernist brick structure of the Swiss pavilion. The surface of the wall is further articulated by rotating the individual bricks. Their rotation is directly derived from the curvature of the wall.

The project was developed at the Professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication at the ETH Zurich in collaboration with the curator Reto Geiser in the context of the exhibition Explorations, the Swiss contribution to the 11th Architectural Biennale in Venice.
Status:
Completed
Year:
2008
Academic Institution:
ETH Zurich, Architecture and Digital Fabrication, Prof. Gramazio, Prof. Kohler
Collaboration with:
Reto Geiser
Client:
BAK - Bundesamt für Kultur
Lead Researchers:
Michael Knauß
Team:
Ralph Bärtschi, Tobias Bonwetsch, Michael Lyrenmann
Student Helpers:
Gregor Bieri, Michael Bühler, Hannes Oswald, Lukas Pauer
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