Architecture Foundation Australia

International Alumni Projects

Projects by the great community of participants on 'oz.e.tecture' events

Mobile Workshop : Alex Symes Australia

Alexander Symes, Mobile Optics Workshop, Australia : Blue Montains Master Class 2012

[ mobile : trailer : prefabricated : educational : recyclable : low energy]

Dresden Mobile, Touring Workshop, Australia

Dresden is a new eyewear company that is set to revolutionise eyewear. Dresden Mobile is a transportable workshop that will allow Dresden to revolutionise commerce by taking the product to the people, touring to remote communities, where customers can see how the product is made, lenses are cut to prescription in front of their eyes, all components of the glasses are interchangeable and recyclable.

Dresden Mobile is, therefore, an education tool to spread the word about closed loop recycling systems, glasses are made from sea waste, milk bottle tops and even land-mines. Closed loop material recycling systems are also

explored through the construction of Dresden Mobile using recycled products and fully recyclable materials.

use of

sustainable materials in architecture is about thinking how we can most efficiently use the worlds resources in a respectful manner, I believe we need to create closed loop manufacturing systems where no material goes to landfill or pollutes our natural ecosystems, but is rather up-cycled to minimise resource depletion and environmental degradation.”

Alexander Symes

Small Architecture

Dresden mobile is inspired by the “tiny house movement” where people started building their own homes on trailers. Dresden Mobile’s life actually started as a "tiny house" for Dresden Co-founder Bruce Jeffreys who co-founded car-share company Go-Get in 2003. Dresden Mobile is intended to double as a holiday home for Dresden staff

Operational Energy

Electricity demand to power the manufacturing equipment is quite high and is powered by a generator. The general lighting and point of sale electricity is from the in-built photovoltaic and battery storage system.

Thermal Comfort & Daylight Design

The challenge with creating transportable architecture is weight. Lightweight polycarbonate has thermal insulating qualities blocks out up-to 70% of solar radiation. The awnings tilt as a sunshade for the

workshop and allow for cross ventilation.


Dresden mobile is to be an exemplar of using re-cycled materials.

◦ Recycled hardwood the floors, decks and trims

◦ Recycled Sails for the tent screens

◦ Recycled plywood for the ceiling

◦ Recycled content polycarbonate for the facade

◦ Recycled re-board for the joinery

◦ Recycled copper for light baffles

Photography : Bret Boardman

Alexander Symes Architect

Built by Paramount Property Group



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