Flight Assembled Architecture

05.04.2019 Innovation

Flight Assembled Architecture is the first architectural installation assembled by flying robots, free from the touch of human hands. The work is the result of a rigorous architectural design by Gramazio Kohler Research and a visionary robotic system by Raffaello D’Andrea.

Thus, over 1.500 modules which are placed by a multitude of quadrotor helicopters, respond to mathematical algorithms that translate digital design data to the behavior of the flying machines. In this way, the flying vehicles extend themselves as “living” architectural machines and complete the composition from their dynamic formation of movement and building performance. The design, with an architectural vision of a 600m high “vertical village” for 30’000 inhabitants unfolds as a model in 1:100 scale. This newly founded village would be located in Meuse, taking advantage of an existing TGV connection that brings its inhabitants to Paris before long.

It is from this quest of an “ideal” self-sustaining habitat that the authors pursue a radical new way of thinking and materializing verticality in architecture. Flight Assembled Architecture is located at the FRAC Center in Orléans, in a department which is dedicated to put together a collection devoted to experimental architecture.