25.02.2016 - 10.03.2016 / Architektur

Swisspearl® Summerschool 2015 – Robotic Wire Cutting

Swisspearl® Summerschool 2015, Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

The Swisspearl® Summerschool 2015 took a first step in characterizing a novel robotic fabrication process – developed by the group of Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich – where industrial robots are used not only for construction, but as a guiding principle in the design and fabrication process. Featuring cement composite façade panels, which were manually moulded from automatically-cut polystyrene blocks, this two-week design and building workshop brought forward a new aesthetic and constructive vocabulary of bespoke façade morphologies, and as such offers a comprehensive new approach to architecture research and teaching.

The exhibition showcases the key results of the Summerschool and presents a wide range of physical explorations, ranging from initial geometry and material studies to full-scale façade prototypes. Ultimately, the exhibition premieres the documentary film “The Loose Wire” by Marc Schwarz, engaging with the unique robotic process and its exploration as well as with the protagonists and outcome of the Summerschool.


Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, in cooperation with Eternit (Schweiz) AG

Team ETH Zurich

Prof. Fabio Gramazio, Prof. Matthias Kohler, David Jenny (project lead), Romana Rust (research lead), Dr. Volker Helm, Beat Lüdi, Magdalena Osiniak, Dr. Jan Willmann

Team Eternit (Schweiz) AG

Janine Löpfe (head of communications), Beat Brechbühl, Martin Heule, Jean-Marie Orsini, Ueli Schweizer


Ana Grgurac, Aurèle Gheyselinck, Sarah Barras, Li Bo, Marco Caprani, James Chenault, Ahmed Elshafei, Victoria Fard, Alix Gasser, Marco Palma, Julien Prudhomme, Ludwig Schilling, Stéphane de Weck, Stavroula Tsafou

Selected experts

Marco Ganz


Marc Schwarz (schwarzpictures.com)

Co-supported by

ETH Zurich Department of Architecture (D-ARCH) and swisspor AG

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