Melike Altinisik Architects chosen to create self-constructing robot museum in South Korea

by Andrew Manns | 20 Feb 2019

Turkish design bureau Melike Altinisik Architects (MAA) have been selected to build a museum of robotics with components that "construct themselves".

Located in Seoul, the future Robot Science Museum (RSM), which will have a globular as opposed to orthogonal form to provide a "wide range of possibilities for connection with urban orientation and public spaces", will rise four storeys and comprise three exhibition areas, a museum shop, offices, and a seminar room.

The attraction's inaugural exhibition – devised to support RSM's objective to promote and celebrate scientific innovation – will be both performative and educational, and will see the building's steel facade and sidewalk assembled by a "team" of robots.

In a description of the project on the Seoul Metropolitan Government's website, MAA said: "Led by a building information modelling (BIM) system, robots will assemble, weld, and polish the hyperbolic metal plates.

"Another team of robots will 3D print concrete for the surrounding landscape."

The firm added: "We believe that the combination of robotic construction and 3D printing is the future of the building industry. It gives the architect more freedom to invent."

Construction on RSM is slated to begin in 2020 and conclude in 2022.

Robot Science Museum  South Korea  Seoul 
Turkish design bureau Melike Altinisik Architects (MAA) have been selected to build a museum of robotics with components that "construct themselves". Located in Seoul, the future Robot Science Museum (RSM), which will have a globular as opposed to orthogonal form to provide a "wide range of possibilities for connection with urban orientation and public spaces", will rise four storeys and comprise three exhibition areas, a museum shop, offices, and a
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The Robot Science Museum (RSM) is taking shape in Seoul. / Courtesy of Melike Altinisik Architects
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Melike Altinisik Architects chosen to create self-constructing robot museum in South Korea
Turkish design bureau Melike Altinisik Architects (MAA) have been selected to build a museum of robotics with components that "construct themselves".