In a world first, a new Robot Science Museum in Seoul, South Korea, will keep robots front and centre from the beginning as the machines autonomously construct and design the museum’s facade for their first ‘exhibition’. The museum will support public education and interest in robots.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government, South Korea, hosted a competition for the design of the world’s first pioneer Robot Science Museum (RMS) to support public education and interest in robots. The winning entry by Turkish firm, Melike Altinisik Architects (MAA) conceptualised a museum that encapsulates this brief by being manufactured, constructed and serviced by robots before going on exhibition.
“The new robot science museum, 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," explained MAA in a statement. "In other words, RSM will start its ‘first exhibition’ with ‘its own construction’ by robots onsite.”
MAA is adamant that the role of the museum’s self-construction is imperative to the nature of the museum. By creating a precinct with robots and innovation as the focus, it seems only natural that it would be constructed using that very focus. From the initial design to construction, this building will introduce the physical manifestation of robotics, science, technology and innovation.
The museum will be designed as a fluid sphere, creating a futuristic, smooth and interactive surface and interior. the proposal features an interior that is widely connected through public spaces and exhibition zones. the museum’s ground floor will offer continuity and engagement for visitors through the public outdoor and indoor spaces.
The museum will be constructed alongside a Photographic Art Museum in the Changbai New Economic Centre, a future cultural Centre of Chang-dong. The spherical shape has been proposed in order to create a range of possibilities for its connection to public spaces and functional operations.
The RSM will create a space that cultivates the science community through experiences surrounding the latest robotic technology, including AI, virtual and augmented reality, and holograms. A training course will be offered to explore new robot designs and constructions. This proposal allows for robots across a wide range of sectors to be developed and viewed.
A team of robots will assemble the museum’s façade through a Building Information Modelling (BIM) system, which will instruct them to mould, assemble and polish the metal plates, another team will 3D print concrete for the outdoor landscape. these developments will save both time and money.
Once completed, the robots will continue to service and operate the museum, creating a “universe for robots and their visitors”.
The museum’s first exhibition will be opened in 2020, with the full official opening in 2022.