Stuttgart architect Achim Menges recently developed the designs for a futuristic canopy that will be built by robots. With many architects and engineers turning to robotics, this project demonstrates the future potential of the technology.
The robot-fabricated pavilion is part of a joint collaboration between Menges and engineers Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer. The 'Elytra Filament Pavilion' as it has been titled, will be located in the V&A museum courtyard in order to showcase the institution's Engineering Season. The pavilion itself boasts a web-like structure that resembles the wings of flying beetles. This involves creating a load-bearing canopy and an environmental filter that will evolve and transform with the space.
The futuristic canopy ultimately explores the potential of emerging robotic technologies in the fields of architecture and engineering.