Structure made by robot / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Structure made by robot / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Robot-made structure / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Outdoor Photography, ForestRobot Made Structure / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Outdoor Photography, Garden, ForestStructure made by robot / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Interior photography, brick, column, beamRobot Made Structure / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Interior Photography, Column, Beam+ 25


  • Area Area of ​​this architecture project Area :
    43 m²

  • Year Year of realization of this architectural project

    Year:


    2021


  • Photographs

  • Manufacturers Marks with products used in this architecture project

    Manufacturers: Adel Design Research Laboratory


Robot-Made Structure / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Interior Photography, Chair
© Bob Berg

Text description provided by the architects. RFS is a robotically manufactured wooden pavilion that explores responsible and precise methods contributing to sustainable and low-carbon building prospects. This structure is designed using custom algorithms developed specifically for this project and built through state-of-the-art human-robot collaborative construction. RFS uses custom pre-engineered lumber sub-assemblies made from regionally sourced short 2×4 dimension lumber and uses industrial robotic arms to process and assemble elements into complex layered modules. After fabrication, the modules are transported to site, where human workers place each subassembly in place and assemble them to form the pavilion.

Robot-made structure / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Outdoor Photography, Forest
© Matthew Weyhmiller
Robot Made Structure / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Outdoor Photography, Garden, Forest
© Bob Berg
Robot-made structure / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Image 22 of 25
Plan/section

The coupling of custom algorithms and robotic manufacturing enables the feasible realization of custom building components that are otherwise difficult or expensive to make by conventional means and methods, with minimal construction waste. In addition, short members allow the use of native trees that cannot easily produce full-length building members (typically eight-foot dimension lumber), construction and fabrication scraps, and building members. wood reclaimed from the deconstruction of buildings, ultimately contributing to greater sustainable practice. The Integrated Digital Design and Construction Process for RFS is a new approach to reconsidering issues of material use, labor, and environment to create intelligent, resourceful architecture with striking expressive qualities. .

Structure made by robot / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Interior photography, brick, column, beam
© Arash Adel
Robot Made Structure / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Interior Photography, Column, Beam
© Matthew Weyhmiller

RFS is located in the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan; it is designed for public engagement, acting as a defined gathering point set within the framework of a public winter garden while maintaining an open-air condition. The pavilion’s formal configurations were influenced by views to and from the site, approach and circulation, ultimately resulting in a curved, porous structure visible from the park road. The walls and ceiling feature intricate layered wood patterns that allow air circulation, striking shadows and optical effects. RFS has been minimally treated to reduce environmental impact on the surrounding area and produce a durable yet impermanent structure. The pavilion features an enclosed walkway that provides opportunities for intimate displays and conversations, an outdoor seating area, and an elevated platform that creates an opportunity for small public events and performances.

Robot-made structure / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Interior photography, handrail
© Matthew Weyhmiller

The completion of the RFS has elevated ongoing research in human-robot collaborative construction beyond the laboratory to the scale and complexity of complete building systems. This case study project aims to spark conversations about the appropriate uses of automation in construction and the changing responsibility of the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community to find solutions. creative solutions to construction inefficiencies and the ever-present threat of climate change.

Robot-made structure / Adel Design Research + University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - Image 24 of 25
Axonometric

RFS is designed and manufactured by the ADR Lab, research assistants, and students from the MA program in Digital and Material Technologies at Taubman College, University of Michigan. Work is evaluated for structural performance and building code requirements in partnership with structural engineering firm Silman.


Abdul J. Gaspar