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Students from the Department of Architecture at Monash University collaborated with Kassel University in Germany to create a ‘Sound Shell’ using robotic fabrication.

The Sound Shell, a bespoke, multi-purpose performance space, is the latest Design - Make project from Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA), and comprises of more than 12,000 unique pieces made using robotic fabrication.

Launched at Monash University’s Caulfield campus on Monday 12 October, the unique structure is assembled from thousands of individual pieces of timber and Corian, with a robot used to cut and make the parts.

Commenting on the growth of robotic fabrication in Australia, Dr Tim Schork, who led the project, said the students worked hard to design and construct a real-world architectural project. He added that the collaboration with Kassel University also brought freshness to the way they taught and practised architecture in each country.

Describing the Sound Shell as a project that has been made by students, for students, he said the effort called for true collaboration across cultures, disciplines and skill-sets.

The Sound Shell on the Caulfield Campus Green will provide a space for a range of activities from music and theatre performances to dance displays and film screenings.