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Seoul Announces Plans for Robot-run Robotics Museum

It was only a matter of time before the first exclusive robotics museum popped up. And yes: robots will be utilized in its production, development, and upkeep. Who designed it, what will it have, and when can people visit the museum?

Image via Melike Altinisk Architects

Image via Melike Altinisk Architects

Automation and robots have become an indelible part of our daily lives. From a programmable home temperature thermostats to smart devices to medical robots and Flippy, we cannot deny the presence these non-living machines have in our lives.

As a result of this transition, it makes sense that someone would make a museum about robotics.

But it isn’t just dedicated to Gundams and unmanned drones; the museum will cover all kinds of things related to robotics including development, science, usage, and more.

And, of course, robots themselves will construct the museum.

A Competition to Pioneer a Robotics Museum

Melike Altinişık (MAA), a Turkish architectural firm, had to first beat out others in a large competition to build the museum.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government asked for design ideas regarding the Seoul Robot Science Museum (RSM). The city hopes the museum will bolster public robotics education, as well as increase the public’s interest in and knowledge of robots.

With this in mind, MAA developed its plans to construct its design with this goal at the forefront.

The firm described its vision in a press release announcing its win of the design bid:

“MAA’s design for Robot 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. In other words RSM will start its ‘first exhibition’ with ‘its own construction’ by robots on site in early 2020 and is expected to be completed with the official opening slated for late 2022.”

Melike Altinisik Architects won the competition hosted by The Seoul Metropolitan Government to design the museum. | Design Boom

How Robots are Integrated Throughout the Process

The semi-sphere design features flowing lines and a steel and glass base. Robots will construct it with robotic arms doing much of the heavy lifting.

But the entire process will involve robots including:

  • Molding curved metal plates to form the museum sphere
  • The assemblage of the plates including welding and polishing
  • 3D-printing concrete in order to construct the surrounding public museum areas

Slated for a start in early 2020, visitors can go to the robotics museum just two years after that. Now, we just have to wait with bated breath to see what the museum will exactly display.

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