We may think that robotics is a far thing for construction. However, BIG, the famous architecture studio, believes that it’s closer than what we can reckon. If it becomes real, it will be an unbelievable revolution. We will have to change our mind and understand that construction has changed.
Construction with robotics. A new era
According to Kai-Uwe Bergman, one of BIG partners, we could be getting closer to a new revolution in Architecture. How do we design buildings may change as robots can collaborate in the construction process:
In Switzerland they’re looking at how, instead of masons, you would have robots that would place the mortar and the stone in the right places and you would take a little bit of the danger element out of doing some of this work.
BIG is already working with robots in the new Google HQ in California. Previously to start this unknown adventure, they looked for similar experiences in Architecture. The most useful one was the studio of Gramazio & Kohler who had already worked with robots since 2008.
In the case of Google HQ, BIG is not only working with robots for the construction. They also want to make use of robotics after the construction process to modify built spaces:
Crabots are a hybrid of cranes and robots that would be able to move pre-fabricated spaces around. For Google, it means we can create a flexible office with workspaces for 20 people, four people or for individuals. We can actually create quiet spaces, as well as loud spaces, because Google staff and engineers work in such different ways.
As you can imagine, the possibilities and opportunities that robotics brings to architecture are endless. In combination with 3d printing, robotics is really promising. We could personalized the construction process of each building. Not using standardized materials that are designed for the worst scenario, but new ones that can fulfil the necessities of each project.