The Seoul Metropolitan Government hosted an international competition surrounding designs for an institution that would raise public knowledge about robots. The winning design went to Turkish practice Melike Altınışık Architects (MAA) who has now unveiled plans for the forthcoming Robot Science Museum that will be located in in the South Korean capital. Construction is slated for 2020.
According to a press statement, MAA will use robots to build the entire structure of the museum. The robotic construction includes a bulbous metal facade that will be molded, welded and entirely assembled by the fully automated machines. Drones will also be utilized to map out the construction site, perform inspections and control select robotic vehicles. The firm’s intent for using these highly-advanced devices is to flaunt their potential before the doors of the institution open in 2022.
In a fine art context, MAA’s choice for robotic construction is essentially a site-specific installation. “The new Robot Science Museum (RSM) which plays a catalytic role in advancing and promoting science, technology, and innovation throughout society is not only going to exhibit robots but actually from design, manufacturing to construction and services robots will be in charge. In other words, RSM will start its ‘first exhibition’ with ‘its own construction’ by robots on site,” said the firm.
The Robot Science Museum will be one of several institutions that will be built across the Chang-dong region of Seoul. Visit Melike Altınışık Architects’ official website to learn more about the groundbreaking project.
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