ARKit is a design and build group specialising in high quality, customised prefabricated building solutions.
As an architect led practice, ARKit collaborates with its clients to develop sustainable, hand crafted prefabricated buildings for a variety of residential and commercial applications.
ARKit offers the most comprehensive range of integrated consultancy and construction services available for prefabrication. We design and build our projects locally for delivery throughout Australia and overseas.
As an architect led practice, a focus on design is central to everything we do.
We carefully assess and individually approach the design process for each project. We collaborate with our clients to discover their requirements, analyse the site and develop an optimum design response to the project. Our prefabricated building systems have been developed to allow us to explore endless design possibilities in the delivery of both residential and commercial projects.
We value innovation and enjoy working with clients to explore prefabricated applications for a variety of building types. From our Melbourne based design studio, our in-house design and build team works closely with our clients to individually design and deliver high quality, prefabricated projects. ARKit’s team comprises highly skilled design and building professionals. Key team members include:
Our buildings are handcrafted from our Melbourne workshop co-located with ARKit’s design studio.
Each project is supervised by our architects, construction and project managers, individually built by our in-house construction team and delivered in close consultation with our design team and the client. Our established workshop combines the best of traditional carpentry techniques with the precision of modern production facilities.
Through this approach we are able to deliver the following benefits, as compared to traditional site based construction:
Faster construction timeframes
- Offsite construction occurring in parallel with site based building work
- Shorter pre-construction period
- Earlier approvals applications
- Better build quality
Better build quality
- Higher construction tolerances
- Factory controlled, secure, weather protected environment
- Architect designed and supervised construction
- Fully customised buildings
Greater project value
- Time, cost and quality control
- Superior environmental outcomes
- High quality construction
As architects as well as builders we are committed to challenging the perceived design limitations associated with prefabricated construction.
Through our range of prefabricated building systems we are able to explore endless design options and tailor the building system to suit the design, rather than the other way around.
Modular Building System
With modular building we construct modules in our workshop to a stage that is as complete as possible. This includes installation of cabinetry, fittings, fixtures, floor and wall finishes and even furnishings if desired. Larger buildings are designed to seamlessly join together with minimal time on site. This system is suited to new build and addition projects.
Panelised Building System
Prefabricated components combine the time and quality benefits of offsite construction, whilst not constraining the design to transportable, module sizes. Using this system we build wall, floor and roof components as a series of panelised cassettes complete with plumbing, structural framing, insulation and linings. Components are then assembled on site. This system is suited to new build, addition and renovation projects.
Hybrid Building System
By combining both systems we are able to achieve a myriad of design possibilities. This system is suited to new build, addition and renovation projects and combines the benefits of both systems.
Innovation is inherent to ARKit’s existence.
We value the skills of invention, engineering, design and imagination and apply these to develop new and emerging applications for prefabrication. As a founding member of PrefabAus, the peak industry body for prefabrication in Australia, we recognise private sector research and development as key drivers to the advancement of the local industry.
Through our specialist consultancy services we have provided advice to a range of client organisations and assisted with the development and application of prefabrication technologies.
Examples of our research and development activities include:
Design and development of a new prefabrication construction system specifically intended for remote project applications.
Development of this system has seen us critically assess all aspects of construction logistics to streamline the process to better suit an environment where access to labour, materials and equipment comes at a significant premium.
With environmental engineering by GHD, ARKit’s Eco Studio was Australia’s first carbon neutral prefabricated building.
Product development for our wall panel system centred on the reuse of waste from the milling process to create an integrated structural and architectural cladding system.
First prefabricated educational facility
The first prefabricated educational facility for the Victorian Department of Education and Training to be contracted through a traditional design and construct procurement model. An approach that can positively impact the quality of future modular education buildings throughout Victoria.
In The Press
ARKit is a design led practice. We pride ourselves on delivering the high quality architecturally designed residential buildings.
We value and enjoy the collaboration between architect and client that results in new homes and additions that create extra space for families, new places to co-exist and provide a lifestyle change.
Our integrated design and construction service enables us to fully translate design requirements to built form with no surprises. We love prefabrication, timber and all things environmentally friendly. We embrace these values with our clients in all aspects of our services.
We are excited by opportunities to test the boundaries for applications of prefabricated design and construction. Through innovation we seek to contribute to the development of industry and locally based manufacturing.
Modular, volumetric, unitised and pods are all prefab terminologies referring to buildings constructed offsite. In ARKit’s case this means that we build modules in our workshop to a stage that is as complete as possible. This includes installation of all cabinetry, fittings, fixtures, floor and wall finishes and even furnishings if desired. Larger buildings are designed to ensure that they seamlessly join together with minimal onsite time to complete to complete the project.
Panelised construction consists of smaller manageable elements that arrive to site ready for assembly. This construction methodology is often used for projects with site access constraints or for designs that do not suit a modular approach. We deliver floor, wall and roof panels that are as complete as possible for expedient onsite assembly.
Yes. ARKit is an architectural practice. For each of our projects we provide a full architectural design service. This means we work with you from the initial brief stage through to completion of construction to ensure design requirements are fully translated to the built form.
No. ARKit offers two building systems, panelised and modular construction. Our panelised building system can accommodate any design and is best suited for sites with access constraints or where the desired design cannot be accommodated by our modular buidling system. Our modular building system is generally more cost effective and involves less time on site. With this system we design buildings in a series of transportable sized modules.
Each project is unique and therefore the amount of time to collaborate with our clients to reach the optimum design outcome can vary. As a guide we suggest that working toward a preferred concept design may take between three and four weeks.
ARKit designs and builds throughout Australia and overseas. The approval requirements for your site will be subject to local authority requirements. As a first step in the design process we will establish the specific requirements applicable to your property. Through the design process we will manage the approval process on your behalf.
Each of our buildings is individually hand built in our Melbourne workshop using traditional carpentry methods, modern production facilities and high quality standard residential construction materials. Through this approach we are able to achieve higher tolerances and construction quality than traditional site based building. We do not use steel studs or insulated panels or other materials and/or construction methods generally associated with relocatable or portable buildings.
Yes. ARKit buildings are built to all codes and regulations applicable to standard residential construction. Our buildings are designed and built to fully comply with the National Construction Code (NCC), relevant bushfire regulations, cyclone building codes, and to exceed the environmental performance requirements of the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).
Yes. ARKit is a building company. We comprehensively manage and deliver all aspects of construction required for the completion of your project.
Our projects are custom designed and therefore build times vary. As an example a new three bedroom house constructed using our modular system may take 10 - 14 weeks in the factory and 2 - 4 weeks on site to complete.
ARKit offers a highly considered response to the built environment. Our building system has been developed to surpass the performance of traditional construction. For each building we carefully address; embodied energy – through the selection of natural materials, operation energy – through efficient design and an understanding of the local conditions, thermal performance – by providing insulation that exceeds the requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC) and through the construction process – by reducing waste and noise pollution.
As architects our primary focus is the architectural response. We enjoy embarking on an individual design process for each project whilst getting to know our clients. The design features inherent to each of ARKit's projects include high quality finishes and construction detailing and a design response that provides the optimum outcome to meet our client's individual needs.
“...the garden is growing nicely and the utility bills are much lower than when we lived in the terrace in Carlton North. The double-glazed windows frame some lovely views of the trees that are growing up in our neighbours yards and let in heaps of natural light (we couldn't go back to living in a damp, dark terrace!)”
"You ARKit guys were and are amazing. We know the work isn’t finished yet, but the houses are more beautiful than we imagined. It blew me away to see so precisely, but somehow better, in real life what we have only been able to visualise for so very long. We were also so impressed by how smoothly and professionally the whole weekend went – every man on that site was calm, skilled, constantly attentive and friendly. And Joe, your talent for smiling and just graciously getting stuff done in the middle of what must have been significant pressure is formidable." - Client
“…Vision, passion and utility - 3 things you don’t normally see in a school design but ARKit have managed to entwine and capture all these attributes at the Beaumaris North Primary School.”
– Judges comments, Sustainability Awards 2019
"A good experience with Craig, Ben and the team at ARKit, I have recommended them internally to other projects and our finished Sales Office continues to be a talking point for Stockland executive both in VIC and our head office in Sydney.”
“…I have felt at every step of this project that you were listening to what we had to say and keen to deliver the absolute best facility that you could. We are incredibly proud of our kinder and you have played a key role in that. It is a beautiful natural building and I am confident that it will grow with our children.”
“…I am very proud of the new building and pass on my thanks to the Team!"
"The successful tenderer, ARKit, stood apart from the crowd, offering strong architectural design and quality construction techniques and materials, as well as being aligned with our sustainability principles.”
“The Silvan office is the highlight of the structural upgrades undertaken through the Minor Capital process, and there have been many notable successes”
“And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Craig and his team for producing a beautifully constructed building. It was a collaborative effort from all involved and personally one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve been involved in, which I know is echoed by our wider team.”
— Matthew Hutton, Grimshaw