A new museum in Seoul will be built for, and by, robots. Turkish studio Melike Altınışık Architects has won a design competition hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government for a Robot Science Museum in the South Korean capital.
The proposal seeks to showcase robotics, science, technology and innovation, with the goal of increasing public education and interest in robots. Portions of the spherical building will be assembled by robots, including its curved metal exterior. Exterior landscaping elements will also be 3D-printed by robots.
The practice explained that involving robots in the construction process will save time and money, in addition to providing the public with a glimpse of the technological capabilities of robotics.
"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," says Melike Altınışık. "In other words, RSM will start its ‘first exhibition’ with ‘its own construction’ by robots on site."
The museum is scheduled to open its first construction exhibition in 2020 and fully complete two years later.
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