HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Robots!

In this week’s property portal we look at how robots and digital construction is proving it’s place in architecture and design, as well as rounding up all of the most important news stories from around the globe.


Robots could well be the future of timber construction as researchers at ETH Zurich have pioneered a new digital construction technique called Spatial Timber Assemblies, that uses robots to precisely place and build structures. The optimum design for that particular project is essentially calculated on a computer, which then puts the robots to task. Using this method, a house is being built in the city called DFAB House and it will be “the first house in the world to be designed, planned and built using predominantly digital processes”. Click here to watch a short video on the robots at work?


Robots are also building a bridge for the canals of Amsterdam! Dutch designer Joris Laarman teamed up with technology startup MX3D, to create the 3-D printed bridge. Much like the robots in Zurich, a computer instructs the six robots which carve through layers of stainless steel. The next step is to do tests to prove the structural integrity of the bridge, which will be carried out by engineering firm Arup and researchers from Imperial College London.


Zaha Hadid Architects have envisioned a primary school in China’s mountainous Jiangxi province built in part by robots. The intriguing Lushan Primary School, consisting of barrel-shaped buildings similar to pig huts, will accomodate 120 children, serving the 12 surrounding villages that only have a population of 1,800. As a nod to Jiangxi’s past, the buildings’ exteriors will be covered in ceramic tiles. There will be on-site robots to aid the construction process.

Lushan Primary School, Zaha Hadid Architects - HEKKTA - Robots

Lushan Primary School, Zaha Hadid Architects – HEKKTA – Robots


Arup and architecture studio CLS Architetti’s 3-D printed concrete house has been completed and was on show at the Milan Design Week. The walls were was built in just a week by a robot, which were designed by Cybe Construction, a Polish 3-D printing company. This showed the world the potential capability that robots have in construction, minimising costs and speeding up processes.


The Hong Kong bridge spanning 55 kilometres between Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland and Macau is set to open, despite fears that part of the structure has been washed away by the sea.


BIG are carrying on their trend of putting ski slopes of roofs with this Bjarke Ingels Group designed hotel in Switzerland. Guests will be able to ski down from their room onto the slopes of Vallée de Joux!

BIG's Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers in western Swziterland - HEKKTA - Robots

BIG’s Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers in western Swziterland – HEKKTA – Robots


A leaked report by fire safety experts on the Grenfell disaster has stating that the renovation works added “fuel to the fire”. Poorly installed fire barriers, gaps around window frames, and flammable cladding and insulation were all added to the building before the fire and the fire experts BRE Global say that the 71 deaths could have been avoided had these hazardous alterations been recognised.


A committee of MPs are pushing for rogue landlords to have their properties confiscated from them in an attempt to provide more protection to vulnerable tenants.


US firm Studio Gang have revealed their design for a 51-storey condo in Brooklyn with stunning views over Manhattan. The scooped windows and curved design have created a very sleek building indeed and is one of many new projects in the pipeline from Studio Gang in America.

11 Hoyt, Studio Gang - HEKKTA - Robots

11 Hoyt, Studio Gang – HEKKTA – Robots


British architect, critic and educator Kenneth Frampton will receive the Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Architecture Biennale next month.


As well as the Brooklyn condo, Studio Gang have unveiled plans for a curving tower resembling a ship for LA’s Chinatown area, the architecture studio’s first in Los Angeles.


The Qatar National Library by Dutch firm OMA has opened.


Elizabeth Diller is the only architect to be named in Time Magazine’s Top 100 most influential people of 2018. She founded her New York-based firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro with partner Ricardo Scofidio in 1981 and is considered a visonary by many, as philanthropist Eli Broad comments,

“She imagines things the rest of us have to see to believe. She can turn a metaphor into brick and mortar.

“Maybe it’s because she’s a woman in a male-dominated field, or because she was originally a conceptual artist – along with her partner in art, architecture and life, Ric Scofidio – but whatever the reason, Liz sees opportunities where others see challenges. She can do the impossible,” continued Broad.


Scottish house prices continue to rise, outstripping the UK average.


An amazing design for a collapsable skyscraper has been thought up by a trio of Polish architects (Damian Granosik, Jakub Kulisa, and Piotr Pańczyk) to provide relief in remote disaster zones. The Skyshelter.zip was named as the winner of this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition.

Skyshelter.zip - HEKKTA - Robots

Skyshelter.zip – HEKKTA – Robots

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