DFAB HOUSE
Image courtesy of Cooper Union. DFAB HOUSE on the NEST building, Switzerland, 2019. Photo by Roman Keller

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A new exhibition showcases the conception and making of the DFAB HOUSE, the world’s first fully inhabited building to have been digitally planned and largely built with the help of robots and 3D printers. “A House Built by Robots Brings Architecture to the Digital Era” is presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and swissnex, the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. It is on view in the school’s 41 Cooper Gallery.

Image courtesy of Cooper Union.

“How to Build a House” is a visual journey through research on the digital transformation of architecture and construction. It reveals the genesis of a three-story experimental building in Switzerland. This house results from pioneering works in computational design and digital fabrication by architects and experts in fields ranging from robotics to materials science at ETH Zurich, a leading Swiss institute of technology.

Image courtesy of Cooper Union. A Spatial Timber Assemblies module is fabricated by two cooperating industrial robotic arms in the Robotic Fabrication Laboratory of ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2018. Photo by Roman Keller.

“The DFAB House is an exciting milestone for architecture and science as it is the very first time new technologies have come together to create an inhabitable building—from its design to construction,” says Matthias Kohler, professor, ETH Zurich, and lead architect for DFAB HOUSE. “The research and fabrication of DFAB HOUSE all courtesy of robotics and advances in 3D printing are changing the future of building.”