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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 free-form cast-on-site concrete structures using re-usable and digitally-fabricated wax formwork. The approach enables highly accurate, complex and free-form geometries of contemporary architectural production to be fabricated at lower cost. 

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Creating a risk “safety net” to encourage innovation in construction
Towards a digital building culture
“An ingenious approach to casting concrete surfaces of highly complex geometrical definition” – Holcim Awards Innovation Prize Jury
Swiss researchers win global award for materials-saving technology
Concrete formwork project wins Innovation Prize for materials and technology breakthrough
Concrete technology project from Switzerland receives Acknowledgement prize
Project Entry 2011 for Region Europe
Project Details
Zurich, Switzerland
Matthias Kohler
Main Author
Matthias Kohler
Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Fabio Gramazio
Further Author
Fabio Gramazio
Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation, ETH Zurich , Switzerland
Project development funded by “EU FP7 Tailorcrete” (an EU research grant of USD 275,000).
Innovation 1st prize 2012
Acknowledgement prize 2011
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Creating a risk “safety net”
Creating a risk “safety net”

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