Construction robotics: Turkish architecture practice MAA has designed the Robot Science Museum in Seoul, Korea, that will be built by robots and drones
The Turkish practice Melike Altınışık Architects (MAA) was chosen to design the Robot Science Museum of Seoul following an international competition hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
The competition was called for a “world first” museum to support public education in robotics and increase public interest in robots in a country that is already widely using them in hospitals, eldercare, schools, etc.
The principles of robotics, science, technology and innovation have involved all aspects of the project, from compositional scheme and spatial distribution, to materials used and operation / management of the building once completed.
Once completed, the new museum will complement the museum of Photographic Art, both located within the New Economic Center of Changbai, a future cultural center for Chang-dong in the northern part of the South Korean capital.
The spherical shape of the building was designed to create a wide range of possibilities for connections with external and internal spaces, as well as satisfying some functional requirements and spatial comfort.
The idea is to contribute to spreading scientific culture, allowing visitors to experience the latest robotic technologies including Artificial Intelligence, augmented and virtual reality and holograms.
The museum design is therefore focused on the development of an architectural language suitable for reflecting cutting-edge fabrication technologies and robotic construction methods. The robots will assemble the museum curved metal façade, designed by BIM systems that will be able to model, assemble, weld and polish metal plates.
Another team of robots will simultaneously 3D print urban design elements for the surrounding park. This semi-automated construction process, therefore, creates continuity between the interior of the museum, functions and between construction robots, service robots and exhibition.
The construction of the museum is expected to begin in early 2020, with the completion and official opening scheduled for the end of 2022. Once opened, the museum will be operated as a branch of the Seoul Metropolitan Museum.