Vertical Reciprocal

Summer Robotics Workshop in Prototypical Structural Variations - Research work undertaken at the University of Hong Kong

A 10 day workshop undertaken at the University of Hong Kong with Christian J. Lange. The work centres on utilising short span, small section, timber modules, together with advanced robotically controlled manufacturing systems, to create a class of self-supporting structures that do not rely fully on high performance adhesives or mechanical fasteners to achieve the performance standards required of modern buildings. By leveraging the power of parametric design workflows, which allow for the formal variation of each module without compromising the efficiency of the overall process, the research aims to challenge the axiom that repetition equals efficiency. With this process at hand, the project aims to reconcile macro environmental, economic and legislative pressures with a highly restricted material palette. taking the building typology of the tower as a point of departure this study looks at the potential of low energy timber construction systems in conjunction with CAM methods to contribute to the sustainable development of cities in Asia today. It aims to tackle two keys issues through the aid of computation and robotics in architecture - the first responds to the need for a sustainable construction methodology, which offers a real alternative to current processes. The second centres on repetition - economic imperatives coupled with restrictive building codes have led to the emergence of a monotonous urban fabric, which is characterized by modular repetition.

The University of Hong Kong


Donn Holohan, Christian J Lange

HKU Students; Chan Yat Him Gabriel, Kong Ka Yu Christina, Tung Chiu On, Wong Yee Fung, Yves, Lu Chang, Laura Rulianto, Chan Hong Wan Aaron, He Qiye

Credits: Photography by Christian J Lange