"Two different worlds". This picture of the Robotic Fabrication Lab by Michael Lyrenmann, ETH Zurich, got a distinction in the SNSF Scientific Image Competition 2018.
Description of the author: A view on to two worlds, standing inside the frame of one of the truck sized sliding doors at the Robotic Fabrication Lab (RFL), ETH Zurich. This image was taken during the documentation of the HiLo project, done by the Block Research Group. The RFL with its ceiling mount robots acts as tool and place for research in digital fabrication in the field of architecture. Some refer to the facility as one of the largest 3D printer in the world.
On one side, the calm, crisp summer night. On the other side, a dusty, brightly lit technical research environment. With this image I tried to capture the thin line between working on architectural scale research projects, with sometimes huge gaps to construction reality, even with the real world this close. The 20-ton structure appears light inside the spacious volume of the lab. Borders between the inside, the outside… structure, ceiling and technology fade. Picture taken with a Nikon D750, 14mm, F2.8, 1/125, ISO 800.
Jury comment: A distinction in this category goes to the image of the development of a curved, ultrathin concrete roof. The image features a strong contrast between indoors and outdoors, between day and night, between twilight and laboratory lighting. The structure itself should actually be outdoors, but it’s indoors, in the hall. The structure weighs 20 tonnes and yet seems light. “A marvellously constructed photo”, wrote the Jury.
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