The project investigates additive forms generated from Photophobia, the condition of being hyper-sensitive to light. By developing this idea of Photophobia the project includes the construction of a robot and implementation of digital architectural

production. The goal of the robot is to follow a rule-based system to create recursive landscapes. We are interested in cultivating the relationship between architects and the machine, where through coding, technical means and robotic processes is able to result in architectural spaces and qualities.


The tools used to design these proposed sensory landscapes are arduino, a cnc machine and processing. These three tools were used homogeneously to communicate between the physical cnc machine and the digital code.


The architectural purpose of the project is to investigate an intelligent self-learning, light sensitive machine able to work autonomously to create unpredictable architecture spaces through the medium of silicon or hot glue. The significant achievements of the project were to design the first prototype and get it working through processing, teaching the machine to draw following a walker and the addition of a hot glue gun. The priorities of the project altered due to time, economic and equipment limitations. The drawbacks and limitations of the project were recreating the machine three times larger, many weeks were used in testing shapes and function, dimensions were redrawn due to change of

motors and material thickness. 





Gwyllim Jahn (RMIT Advance Architecture Lecturer)




Stanislav Roudavski (Melbourne University)




Muhammad Amirruddin Shah (RMIT Master Student)

Anthony Ip (RMIT Master Student / NZ))