Programmed Column 2

Based on the findings of the elective course “The Programmed Column 1”,the students of Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich were challenged to design and fabricate 3 prototypical brick columns of 4m height each within a 4 week workshop.

Functional load bearing criteria had to be integrated with the column design in a parametric system. By the means of models, prototypes in 1:1 scale and digital simulations within a software package for structural analysis the students designed 3 different prototypes that were subsequently assembled on a robotic fabrication unit.

The course was conducted in collaboration with BLOCK Research Group – Assistant chair of Building Structure Philippe Block.