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Chesa Futura
Foster + Partners
St. Moritz, Switzerland

From digital design specs, the timbers for this pumpkinlike apartment building were cut and carved by a fully automated “computer numerical-control” machine called a Lignamatic, which may have been the first timber-processing unit of its kind. Twenty tools descended from racks in a prescribed order to cut, drill, rout, or bore pieces of timber up to 40 meters long, at any angle and with any curvature.

Credit: Foster + Partners

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