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PROJECT SUMMARY

High-efficiency concrete formwork technology

The Wasteless Free-Form Formwork construction technology combines existing processes and materials in a new way to fabricate non-repetitive free-form cast-on-site concrete structures using re-usable and digitally-fabricated wax formwork. The approach enables highly accurate, complex and free-form geometries of contemporary architectural production to be fabricated at lower cost. 

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Towards a digital building culture
 
“An ingenious approach to casting concrete surfaces of highly complex geometrical definition” – Holcim Awards Innovation Prize Jury
 
Swiss researchers win global award for materials-saving technology
 
Concrete formwork project wins Innovation Prize for materials and technology breakthrough
 
Concrete technology project from Switzerland receives Acknowledgement prize
 
Project Entry 2011 for Region Europe
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Project Details
Location
Zurich, Switzerland
Authors
Matthias Kohler
MAIN AUTHOR
Matthias Kohler
Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Fabio Gramazio
FURTHER AUTHORS
Fabio Gramazio
Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Credit
Project development funded by “EU FP7 Tailorcrete” (an EU research grant of USD 275,000).
Prizes
Foundation
Innovation 1st prize 2012
Global
Awards
Acknowledgement prize 2011
Europe