Opening of DFAB HOUSE - Opening Ceremony

February 27, 2019 16:30 - 21:00

Empa, Akademie, Dübendorf

Digital fabrication, digital living: DFAB HOUSE, the latest unit in Empa and Eawag's NEST research and innovation building, sets new standards in both. Within the scope of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, researchers from eight chairs at ETH Zurich, together with industry partners, have brought several digital construction technologies from research to architectural application. The result is a three-story building on the uppermost NEST platform, which will soon become a real-life living area occupied by four tenants. DFAB HOUSE is a digital space with a range of exciting smart home solutions.


Here you can find more information about the unit.



 16.30   Welcome apéro & visit DFAB HOUSE

Short presentations by participating partner


18.00   Opening ceremony at the Empa Academy

Prof. Dr. Gian-Luca Bona, CEO Empa


Welcome addresses

National Councillor

Dr. Regine Sauter, Director of the Zurich Chamber of Commerce

Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther,

Vice President for Research and Corporate Relations, ETH Zurich

DFAB HOUSE – a milestone in digital building culture
Prof. Matthias Kohler
Founding Director NCCR Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich


DFAB HOUSE – digital building technologies in a real-world application

Konrad Graser

Architect DFAB HOUSE, NCCR Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich

The vision of digital living – already feasible today
Adrian Obrist, CEO digitalSTROM


Address of the Federal Council

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin

Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research


19.15   Openinc act


19.30   Apéro riche at NEST



21.00   End

Please note: The speeches will be held in German.




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