The exhibition “Reinforce Expose. The Inner Forms of Tomorrow” at the Istituto Svizzero in Milan, Italy, by Gramazio Kohler Research taps into the history of steel sculptures by presenting concept models and fabrication studies of robotically fabricated steel structures within an arts and design context. On display are objects from the two research projects “Mesh Mould” and “Multi-Robotic Prefabrication” which are being conducted within the framework of the the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication.

Welded undulating meshes, dissolved knots of spaceframes, brute steel, gracious forms – architecture, art or just construction; mand-made or the result of algorithms and robots? “Reinforce Expose. The Inner Forms of Tomorrow” on the basis of the two NCCR research projects “Mesh Mould” and “Multi-Robotic Prefabrication” invites visitors to explore innovative steel sculptures beyond their purely functional logic and thereby reveals the beauty of the inner forms of tomorrow.

Mesh Mould
The NCCR research project Mesh Mould explores the combination of two traditionally separated, yet essential construction components of steel-reinforced concrete structures: formwork and reinforcement. The idea is a digitally-controlled extrusion process of bespoke „leaking formwork“ elements for non-standard concrete structures that are environmentally sound and structurally lean, and that can be efficiently fabricated directly on the construction site. The research on Mesh Mould was recently awarded with the Swiss Technology Award 2016 and the Concrete Innovation Award 2017. The exhibition at the Istituto Svizzero features various Mesh Mould concept models and fabrication studies from 2015 and 2016.

Multi-Robotic Prefabrication
In addition to Mesh Mould, “Reinforce Expose. The Inner Forms of Tomorrow” also features a fabrication demonstrator from the NCCR research project “Multi-Robotic Prefabrication”. The project investigates cooperative robotic construction where multiple industrial robots assemble spatial metal structures consisting of discrete metal tubes. The objective of this research is the coordinated multi-robotic assembly of complex lightweight structures.

“Reinforce Expose. The Inner Forms of Tomorrow”, curated by Samuel Gross and Hannes Mayer, is on exhibit at the Istituto Svizzero, Via Vecchio Politecnico 3, in Milan. The exhibition is open until May 6, 2017. For further information, please visit the exhibition website.

Image credits: Giulio Boem