The GaudiLab

GaudiLabs are creative spaces for working, thinking and living where culture and technology meet. We conduct open research in open source culture technology. Developing methods, process and devices to unite people and knowledge from different fields and backgrounds.

GaudiLabs consists of two complementary types of labs: A small physical lab space in Lucern, Switzerland with the head office. This is where longer term projects are elaborated, where people can meet for hack sessions, discussions and coordination. Then there is GaudiLabs mobile, a set of boxes and portable devices, workshops, concepts and formats to be taken to any place or institution, public space or events and there create a temporary lab space for collaboration. GaudiLabs is active part of the open source biology art network.


Picture of the 12 square meeter Bio-Tech room of the GaudiLab in Lucern.


GaudiLabs physical lab space, Lucern

The lab is equipped with high-low tech tools for mirco- and biotechnology. Regular open hack sessions (hack sprints) are organised on various topics such as algae hacking, DIY microfluidics or tofu making.

Open Source Lab Equipement

To start up an independent and open lab it is crucial to get affordable lab equipment. Most of the tools we use are do it your self (DIY) and open source and are built from widely available and recycled parts found in consumer products such as DVD drives, hard disks and pc fans. Building the specific devices further helps to understand the basic principles behind and learn more about the technologies and methods used. The discussions among scientists and engineers in the process of rethinking the devices to make them more accessible are very fruitful and often lead to new and innovative designs. Links point to more detailed descriptions and source files published on the website.

For more information see project page: Generic Lab Equipement

DIY table top centrifuge

A centrifuge is a rotating body with very high RPM. The vial holders at the edge of the body spinning at high rpm are used to separate substances of different densities. Fast spinning hard drives in a solid aluminium housing are perfect for making small DIY centrifuges.



DIY Spin Coater

A spin coater is a machine used to apply uniform thin films to flat substrates. An excess amount of a solution is placed on the substrate, which is then rotated at high speed in order to spread the fluid by centrifugal force. This simple spinner is made from pc blower with the blades cut off and put into a acrylic housing to prevent the excess solution to coat all the lab.



The GaudiLabs BioBox is a prototype of a universal measurement and control device for use in bio laboratories. The device can read temperature sensors, control motors or pumps, measure frequencies, or analogue voltage and can even be connected to a electronic scale. The device is based on the arduino electronic platform, features a display, a knob and 8 electric ports and can be reprogrammed to many more functionalities. Link


DIY $25 Gel Box

The gel electrophoresis box is a basic tool used in bio labs to separate molecules of different sizes. By comparing with a reference DNA sequences of specific length can be identified. Various excellent do it your self instructions are available on the net. And agar is the new media.



DIY Incubator

An incubator is an isolated storage place that is used for cultivating bacteria. The incubator maintains optimal temperature of the atmosphere inside it. Incubators are essential for a lot of experimental work in cell biology, microbiology and molecular biology. With a simple electronic hack based on an IKEA thermometer temperatures can be controlled precisely to the degree.


DIY Digi-Cam Microscope

To use a simple usb web-cam as a microscope, only a few modifications are needed. Microscopes open up the world of the small and allow the magnified observation of life forms, analysis of biological motion and form, as well as audio-visual interpretations for aesthetic presentation.



DIYTube Holder

Not only sophisticated devices are required in technology labs. Simple equipment like this tube holder are also very helpful and often cost a fortune with conventional vendors. Many of these helpers can be manufactured on a laser cutter in FabLab in no time.
- GaudiLabs in a Suitcase



Hack Sprints with GaudiLabs

Hack sprints are short and intensive hack sessions where people interested in a particular subject meet and work together. The goal is to present the subject, elaborate it by just doing it and learn from each other. The results should then be openly documented for others and for further investigation. Sprints also serve to build the network and to get to know each other. In the future large collaboration project may arise from it. The meetings are strongly community run and are planed spontaneously on a more or less regular basis.


Recent hack sprint subjects:

- Algae Hacking at GaudiLabs (June 2012) – Link
- Do eat your laser Tofu DEYLT (August 2012) – Link
- DIY Laser tweezer, cell trap, oligo synthesis (September 2012) – Link
- Micro-residency at GaudiLabs, DIY microfludics (January 2014) – Link
- Knitting session “Bring your own wool” with a hacked Brother KH-903e (December 2013)
- Lick the Moonmilk, the origin and use of moonmilk (August 2014) – Link

Upcoming sessions:

- DIY Laser tweezers 2.0
- Spirulina algae growing and incubator hacking
- Make your own thermo-blocs for PCR and other
- … your suggestion?

GaudiLabs mobile










A broad range of mobile devices and tools in boxes, many years of experience in moderating workshops and setting up temporary labs allows us to create an environment of creative collaboration in any place. Mobile lab formats include:

- Public open labs
- Hackatons, Hack Sprints
- Hand’s On Workshops
- Science communication and public outreach
- Exhibitions and art installations
- Collaborative educational formats (Winter- and Summerschools, intensive weeks)
- Uncoferencing
- Field trips
- Public Intervention
- Art and Science events

Hackaton to create solutions for water purification, water sampling and sanitation in an intensive 24 hours collaboration. As part of the UNESCO conference Tech4Dev, Technologies for Development, 2014.
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Setting up a mobile lab in the Wonosadi Forest of Yogyakarta, Indonesia as part of the HackteriaLab 2014 together with Green Tech Community. Research in natural environment, documenting the diversity in the forest, along with narratives and knowledge from the local villagers.
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Hand’s On Workshop as part of the UCLA, Sci | Art NanoLab Summer Institute exploring Interdisciplinary nanoscience researce. Application of creative thought and imagination that go beyond a traditional reductionist approach. link1 link2

CreaLab Summerschool on the topic of NEW-WORK (2013) and CO-LABOR’ATORIES (2014) , Lucern University of Applied Sicence and Arts. link1 link2

Session on the topic of “Open Factory” during an Unconferencing at the Open Hardware Summit Rome, 2014. link

DIY Mobile Gen Lab

During the Mobile Lab Hackaton in Ljubljana concepts and prototypes of laboratories in boxes, baskets and suitcases have been developped and tested.

For more detailed documentation and credits see PDF.

The suitcase has been aquired by Denisa Kera, for the Hackteria Object Collection and was on exhibition at ARS ELECTRONICA, Project Genesis.

The idea of a genetic lab in a suitcase is beeing pursued by an iGEM Team with the Darwin Toolbox, now Bento-Lab.