Holcim Foundation


Creating a risk “safety net” to encourage innovation in construction

Fabio Gramazio Interview at the Venice Biennale

For research and experimentation to challenge convention, it must push boundaries and include an element of risk. The Empa NEST platform “House for a House” in Switzerland enables testing where the costs and risks of experimentation are dramatically reduced. This creates an incentive for academia, industry, and policymakers to test convention and enable innovation.

“Innovation at scale is about a new ‘digital building culture’ that goes beyond the single object and work of an individual,” says Fabio Gramazio – an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from computational design and robotic fabrication to material innovation.

Watch a 3-minute interview with Fabio Gramazio of Gramazio Kohler Architects on his contribution to the Venice Biennale. “Research as Architecture: A Laboratory for Houses, Homes and Robots” by Gramazio Kohler Research and NCCR Digital Fabrication is proudly supported by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.


Gramazio Kohler Architects are Holcim Awards prize winners for their Wasteless Free-Form Formwork construction technology. The Holcim Foundation will announce the latest Holcim Awards prize winners on November 13 as part of the 17th international Biennale of Architecture in Venice. The “Building Conversations” interview series with thought leaders at the Venice Biennale is brought to you by Holcim.

Last Updated: September 03, 2021
Article Details
Venice, Italy
Related Information
Related Project
High-efficiency concrete formwork technology
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...

Related Video
Creating a risk “safety net”
Creating a risk “safety net”

Watch a 3-minute interview with Fabio Gramazio of Gramazio Kohler Architects on his contribution to the Venice Biennale. …

Holcim Foundation

Search Help

Our website search engine covers the web pages including project descriptions and expert profiles, PDFs, images and videos on the Holcim Foundation website. To improve your search results, here are some tips:

Basic search

Our search defaults to term-pairing AND. If you search sustainable construction - then the search engine will look for any items containing sustainable AND construction


photovoltaic OR solar

Looks for either word


(clay OR mud) AND (school OR university)

Combine alternative terms for more specific searching


geothermal -heating

Excludes a term from results, automatically ANDs other terms listed


"zero carbon"

Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase or combination

Wildcards (one or more characters)


Asterisk (*) matches any word or phrase - so archit* will find architect, architecture, architectural as well as architrave