On September 19th, 2019 ‘Stereoform Slab’ was presented at the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Stereoform Slab, designed by the American firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), introduces a sustainable alternative to the existing solutions in the construction industry.
With Stereoform Slab, we have rethought how single-story concrete bays are built for high-rise buildings. In collaboration with SOM and McHugh Construction, we succeeded in demonstrating how it is possible to create both more beautiful and more sustainable high-rise constructions through robotic technology.
By using a technique developed by Odico, we have succeeded in using 20% less concrete than in conventional constructions. It is a considerable size in construction, where concrete production today accounts for 8% of global CO2 emissions — 4 times higher than emissions from the world’s total air traffic. According to SOM, 40-60 % of emissions goes to the construction of concrete bays in the construction of American skyscrapers. Thus, by reducing emissions by 20 %, there is a large saving potential.
Image credit: © Dave Burk / SOM