Flying buildings

From December 2011 to February 2012, visitors to the FRAC Centre in Orleans can expect to see a very special kind of construction site. During this time, a fleet of mini helicopters known as “quadrocopters” will be circling the exhibition hall of the French architecture centre and constructing a futuristic structure in real time. By the end of the exhibition, 1500 individual blocks will be stacked on top of each other to form a 6m-high model tower block.

The installation is a joint project of the ETH Zurich: Gramazio & Kohler (Architecture and Digital Fabrication) and Dr. Raffaello D’Andrea (Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control) collaborated to design a utopian, futuristic vision of construction linking architecture, production, process technology and engineering.




The engineers at Dr. Lüchinger+Meyer Bauingenieure AG supported the process by analysing the supporting structure of the tower block and developing a façade system for the individual components.

Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea

Flight Assembled Architecture/Architectures volantes

FRAC Centre Orlèans (France), December 2, 2011 – February 19, 2012 (Vernissage on December 1, 2011)