ETH Zurich unveils robotically-assembled sculpture inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

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Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have offered an insight into the design and fabrication of a new architectural sculpture, built with the help of artificial intelligence and four robots. The structure, standing 22.5 meters (74 feet) in height, will consist of five geometrically-complex wooden pods all slightly offset from each other and supported by eight thin steel pillars.

ETH Zurich unveils robotically-assembled sculpture inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Image: Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zürich

Titled “Semiramis” after the Babylonian queen associated in folklore with the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the sculpture is currently being manufactured at ETH Zurich’s Robotic Fabrication Laboratory. In what the team describes as a “delicate dance for the highest precision,” the wooden pods are being assembled by four suspended robotic arms, each collecting wooden panels and placing them in accordance with a computer-generated design.

ETH Zurich unveils robotically-assembled sculpture inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Image: Pascal Bach / Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Once the robotic arms have placed four panels next to each other, cra…

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