Dimensions X are building prefabricated cabins made almost entirely from recyclable materials

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Dimensions It was founded in 2020 by entrepreneur Oscar Martin and architect Peter Stutchbury to answer one question: How can prefabricated housing be more responsive to the site? Their answer is this modular wood cross-section, a roughly 600-square-foot cabin where everything from its dimensions to its enclosure can be optimized and modified to best suit its environment and owner. Here, Oscar tells us how the vision for OM-1 came about, and where things are headed next for the company.

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What is the most exciting project you have undertaken so far?

Dimensions The project won a NSW AIA Small Project Award and was shortlisted for a national award. OM-1 has also received the NSW AIA Sustainability Award and New Accommodation Commendation.

Seventeen cabins and a 22-room motel were approved as part of the master plan on the property. The homes will not only provide exposure for potential OM-1 purchases, but will also provide short and long stays for tourists and guests attending weddings at the property. The state-of-the-art OM-1 was assembled in just three weeks and configured to suit the needs of on-site holiday accommodation.

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How much does your basic model cost and what does that price include?

The basic model is $145,000 to $260,000 AUD, plus assembly costs by a contractor or home builder. All prices can be viewed here.

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What are the qualities that make your prefabricated home stand out from the rest?

Designed by Peter Stutchbury, one of Australia’s leading architects and champions of sustainability, OM-1 is perhaps the most resilient, planet-friendly prefabricated home ever built. Its materials are recyclable, and the cabin can be moved at any time. It requires very little energy to operate, which means operating costs are low. A recent analysis found it to be carbon negative.

The OM-1 base model can be configured online at select prices, which include add-ons provided by partners who share our vision for sustainability.

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Where do you ship/where are prefabs currently available?

It is currently available in Australia.

Is your design currently allowed in any US municipalities?

Not currently.

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Are there plans to expand to different parts of the country/world?

We are exploring shipping to New Zealand, the US and Europe – anywhere cross-laminated timber is available.

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How long can the customer expect the process to take after depositing the deposit?

Materials can be delivered to the site within three months after council approval. The virtual OM-1 model takes approximately three to six weeks to assemble.

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What aspects of the installation do you manage?

We can manage council approvals and deliver materials to site. We recommend builders who can manage all aspects of assembly and construction. We can also recommend electricians and plumbers.

What aspects of the design can the customer customize?

Everything!

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