Flight Assembled Architecture, 2011-2012
FRAC Centre Orléans

Flight Assembled Architecture is the first architectural installation assembled by flying robots, free from the touch of human hands. The installation is an expression of a rigorous architectural design by Gramazio & Kohler and a visionary robotic system by Raffaello D’Andrea. Flight Assembled Architecture consists of over 1.500 modules which are placed by a multitude of quadrotor helicopters, collaborating according to mathematical algorithms that translate digital design data to the behavior of the flying machines. In this way, the flying vehicles, together, extend themselves as “living” architectural machines and complete the composition from their dynamic formation of movement and building performance. Within the build, an architectural vision of a 600m high “vertical village” for 30’000 inhabitants unfolds as model in 1:100 scale. This newly founded village is located in the rural area of Meuse, taking advantage of an existing TGV connection that brings its inhabitants to Paris in less than one hour. It is from this quest of an “ideal” self-sustaining habitat that the authors pursue a radical new way of thinking and materializing verticality in architecture, Flight Assembled Architecture.

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Flight Assembled Architecture

Gramazio Kohler Architects, Zurich

In cooperation with: Professorship Dr. Raffaello D'Andrea, Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, Cason Male, Federico Augugliaro, Sergei Lupashin, Mike Hamer, Igor Thommen, Markus Hehn, Mark Muller, Marc Corzillius
Client: FRAC Centre Orléans (Co-Producer)
Collaborators: Andrea Kondziela (project lead exhibition, Marion Ott (project lead architecture), Ralph Bärtschi, Sarah Bridges, Tim Burton, Thomas Cadalbert, Peter Heckeroth, Tanja Pereira, Dominik Weber, Jan Willmann
Sponsors: Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council
Centre Culturel Suisse Paris
Platform Regroupement des Fonds régionaux d'art contemporain
Vicon Motion Systems
ERCO Leuchten GmbH
JET Schaumstoff - Formteile GmbH