Students illustrate the future potential of designing with concrete, utilizing 3D printing

To give our audience eyes and ears into the live judging sessions that took place at Frame Awards 2020, we're sharing coverage of the insightful jury conversations that decided the winning projects. Below, we celebrate the recipient of both the jury-decided and People’s Choice award for Best Use of Material: Concrete Choreography by Digital Building Technologies, ETH Zurich and Physical Chemistry of Building Materials, ETH Zurich. Find the full collection of reports in our upcoming May/June 2020 issue, Frame 134.

Riom, Switzerland – ‘It’s an old building material processed in a modern way, taking advantage of cutting-edge technology, with the promise of saving on material, time and effort.’ So stated part of the jury report on Concrete Choreography. While the nine 2.7-m-tall concrete columns are at first glance hard to place – are they from the past or from the future? – they were in reality manufactured via 3D printing. ‘When I saw the columns, their texture and detailed forms immediately spoke to me and evoked emotion,’ said Apameh Ruckert, head of architecture and human interface design at Zeitgeist Group. The project resulted from a ten-week study project by students of ETH Zurich’s Master’s of Advanced Studies in Digital Fabrication and Architecture course. Applauding the fact that the academy approached Frame with a student project, the jury was extremely supportive of the team’s approach towards exploring the material’s form, potential and boundaries.

The students behind Concrete Choreography were complimented for their approach towards exploring one material’s form, potential and boundaries.

The jury realized that Concrete Choreography is only the first step in a long process of researching and developing the technology for future architecture. Daniel Heckscher of Note Design Studio valued the project’s artistic approach, adding that he is curious to see how it will progress, particularly in terms of the material’s loadbearing qualities and structural elements.

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Read more about the project here. Find more Frame Awards coverage here.

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