The Armadillo Vault's hundreds of limestone slabs are held together without glue
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ETH Zurich’s Block Research Group worked in collaboration with engineering firm Ochsendorf DeJong & Block and masonry specialist The Escobedo Group to bring the structure to life using expertly designed compression techniques. 399 limestone slabs were brought together after mapping out the technique on RhinoVAULT, a design plugin licensed by the group. Philippe Block and Tom Van Mele of the research group state, "Without any glue or mortar, with perfectly dry connections, this is really a milestone...