Being the first robotically built concrete structure in southern California, the MARS pavilion by form found design explores a construction methodology in which humans and machines collaborate. The precision of ABB robots and the freedom of fabric were coupled to achieve an organic geometry and adjustable concrete mold.
Joseph Sarafian and Ron Culver from form found design based the project on a catenary chain model, in which lines of the canopy are left to sag under the effect of gravity. This geometry is inverted upwards, creating a compression structure where the most integral properties of concrete are exploited. to ensure the success of this methodology, Walter p. Moore engineering were the consultants on this projects regarding structural engineering.
In the process, fabric molds are sewn and robots are moved into position to mount the material to their ends. cement, steel fiber, and water are then mixed together and poured into the molds. Each component takes approximately 45 minutes to cast and cure, creating a rapidly reconfigurable form work.