In a Brooklyn factory a 240-room hotel is rolling off the production line. The hotel’s rooms and adjoining corridors are modular in design. They start life at one end of the factory floor in Melbourne’s west on an automated machine that spot welds the 13.5 by 3.5-metre metal base to the walls and ceiling within four hours. It’s all based on car manufacturing technology and welding techniques. As they progress, other components: lighting, plumbing, cyclone-proof shutters and spray-on insulation, are added.
The Unitised Building technology and factory is the brainchild of Melbourne architect Nonda Katsalidis.