Architonic Concept Space, 2008

The Eroded Cubes are manifold sculptures that can be used as seating, table or wall objects combining additive and subtractive aesthetics. Their ambivalent expression fluctuates between that of an accumulative sculptural form and that of an eroded, seemingly amorphous mass. These objects are created from volumetric pixels, or “voxels,” that are bound within modular cubes of three sizes (0.5m, 1m, and 2m). Necessary parameters, such as interlocking segments and functional cavities, were considered throughout the shape selection and generation. An industrial robot assembled and glued these spatial structures, which were coated with an industrial strength rubber finish, from blocks of varying lengths, lastly producing objects whose mass is smaller the larger they are.

Concept and Design: Gramazio Kohler Architects, Zurich
Fabrication: Gramazio Kohler Research, Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich
Project team: Ralph Bärtschi, Gabriel Cuéllar, Michael Lyrenmann