The research and innovation units are NEST’s bustling experimental labs. Designed as office environments, living space or leisure facilities, they constitute platforms for research and development under realistic conditions. The units stem from partnerships between research institutions and innovative companies.
The Backbone is the only permanent construction hosting all changing buildings (units) and the ehub. It is exposed to continuous changes like new implementation of units, the distribution grid or distributed storage.
DFAB HOUSE (dfab) is the world’s first residential building that was not only digitally planned, but also predominantly digitally built using robots and 3D printers. The construction technologies used were developed by ETH Zurich researchers in collaboration with industrial partners over four years. For more information about the unit in general click here
The research and innovation unit HiLo demonstrates the possibilities of lightweight construction. Novel constructional solutions made of ultra-light concrete shells are to be used for the two-story penthouse, which academic guests will use as accommodation and workspace. For more information about the unit in general click here
The research and innovation unit Meet2Create (m2c) is a laboratory for collaboration and work processes aimed at developing sustainable work environments. It focuses on the interplay between humans, space and technology, which is tested and optimized within the scope of research projects. For more information about the unit in general click here
Even in old-established sectors like the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry there are blank areas, in which innovative solutions are still missing: One of them is the capture of solar energy and daylight by the building envelope. These topics will be investigated by EPFL Researchers and their industrial partners in the SolAce unit. Multi-functional facade technologies will be implemented to achieve an Energy-Plus and a Low Carbon combined working/living space. For more information about the unit in general click here
Fitness and wellness constitute a growing need in our society – which usually comes at the expense of energy and the environment. The Solar Fitness & Wellness unit demonstrates that this comfort is also possible without consuming fossil energy. For more information about the unit in general click here
The Urban Mining & Recycling unit demonstrates how a sustainable use of our natural resources can go hand in hand with an appealing architectural form. The project is underpinned by the proposition that all the resources required to construct a building must be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable. For more information about the unit in general click here
The research and innovation unit Vision Wood stands for the visionary handling of wood as a natural resource in the building industry. The residential unit demonstrates that it is possible to combine the trusty old material with pioneering solutions for ecological construction and attractive design. For more information about the unit in general click here