LafargeHolcim Foundation International Examples of Sustainable Construction
»
Next Project

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. 

Project Timeline

Expand all Collapse all
 
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
Next Project
Laguna Chapel
Laguna Chapel

Zoh Laguna, Campeche, Mexico

The Dryline
The Dryline

New York, NY, USA

Weaving Publicness
Weaving Publicness

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Indoor – Outdoor
Indoor – Outdoor

Jacmel, Haiti

Urban precinct reconstruction and rehabilitation
Urban precinct reconstruction and rehabilitation

Fez, Morocco

Library with integrated community outreach
Library with integrated community outreach

Rosario, Argentina

Reinforced mangrove protective infrastructure
Reinforced mangrove protective infrastructure

Miami, FL, USA

Waterfront reclamation and remediation
Waterfront reclamation and remediation

Southern Italy

Residential density for urban spaces
Residential density for urban spaces

Toronto, Canada

Low-cost school and home for HIV orphans
Low-cost school and home for HIV orphans

Rakai, Uganda

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