Accommodation

Adelaide architects design gorgeous, carbon-negative prefab spaces

The series has five high-quality, customisable spaces that are ideally suited for tourist accommodation solutions or an addition to your backyard.

Assembly Three have released carbon-negative, prefabricated cabins made with new-age construction methods that allow for building in remote areas. They were designed in collaboration with Adelaide architecture and interior design firm Studio Nine Architects.

The series has five high-quality, customisable spaces that are ideally suited for tourist accommodation solutions or an addition to your backyard.

Three accommodation products are currently available — the Assembly Cabin, Assembly Suite and Assembly Suite+. Each sleep two, with a kitchenette, ensuite, fireplace and undercover deck area, providing a high-end hotel room offering that is larger than your typical transportable pod. 

With numerous prefabricated offerings currently on the market, Assembly Three’s point of difference comes down to their construction: The products are constructed using XFrame, an innovative, light-weight timber framing system born out of New Zealand. Driven by a desire to minimise building waste and provide a fully reusable system, XFrame uses 30% less material than standard timber wall framing, is carbon negative and rapidly recoverable. 

In simple terms, XFrame can be described as a smart “flat-pack” system — easy for most to assemble on-site. 

Many similar transportable products (think shipping container design) require transportation via a truck to the site before being craned into place. By utilising XFrame, Assembly Three products are not constrained by logistics, or “stuck to the truck,” opening up hard-to-reach, off-grid locations that traditionally haven’t been suitable for development. 

Due to their easy assembling, the cabins are well-suited to South Australia’s rugged terrain, and could act as accommodation at remote wineries or as an office or studio for a regional SA home. 

Adelaide’s Studio Nine says that the idea came about during a time of increased desire and necessity to remain in the state. 

“The concept was born as a response to a post-COVID world, where travel has become restricted to within our own state, and a need for additional space within our own homes, for work or retreat, has arisen,” they say. 

The designs, of which prototypes have been built, can be purchased for your backyard or business. 

Find out more here.

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