Project Dom Indoors

Robotically Reconfigurable Interiors

1. Backstory

Project Dom Indoors is the latest research by Asmbld. We conduct experiments to rethink human habitat itself. Working beyond the automation of existing processes, we explore new types of future architectural robots, such as reconfiguration robots, maintenance robots and many others.

2. Why Reconfiguration Robots?

In most large cities, the price of real estate is increasing faster than incomes. It pushes people and businesses into ever smaller spaces. So the question is: how can we fit more space into the same space? Reconfiguration could help accommodate multiple-use scenarios in tiny environments.

3. The Result

We designed tiny robots that can assemble small modules into any shape. Users customize the space on their phones and robots build it in minutes.

For example, users could build a new room, or download new furniture designs that would literally grow from the floor. Just repeat when needed.
The Dom Indoors system could help businesses rapidly adapt to changing needs. For example, you can increase the number of meeting rooms and private offices by building them on demand. Or completely reconfigure spaces to house new events in hours.

4. How It Works

The system can be integrated into almost any existing open space. At rest, it looks like a typical raised access floor.
We need robots because small modules make manual assembly prohibitively time-consuming and expensive. Robots operate in the void under the floor. They orient themselves using light sensors and markers on the surface.
The robots can bring and place modular frame elements and surface tiles to any desired position under the floor.
Structures are assembled layer by layer. Robots create each layer outline using identical modular elements. After a layer outline is assembled under the floor, lifting robots take over.
Lifting robots push the layer up and hold it until other robots secure new supports underneath it. The process is repeated until the structure is assembled – or reversed to disassemble an existing object.
You can think of the modular tiles as pixels. They can be of different materials and textures: wood, metal, plastic, even ceramic. Users can design almost any 3D shape in this environment. It's like Minecraft made real.

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