A new nine-story eco-friendly apartment building in Melbourne, Australia, was completed in just five days, treehugger reports.
The One9 apartment tower features 34 one- and two-bedroom apartments, and was built by the Hickory Group using a novel construction method called UB (Unitized Building).
The system, designed by architect Nonda Katsalidis, is essentially a more flexible form of modular construction, allowing for efficient construction without constraining designers to a set module size.
Like most modular designs, One9’s individual “building blocks” were constructed offsite in a facility that’s more like an automotive assembly line than a job site.
In fact, the Hickory Group has been hiring auto workers that have been displaced by massive cuts in Australian car manufacturing. The developer thinks the skills these workers acquired assembling Fords and Toyotas will be relevant to the modular-building business.
So while more efficient modular construction can help preserve natural resources, in Australia it could also be very beneficial in terms of job creation.