First-ever robot-built home sells in WA

Australia’s first ever robot-built home has been constructed in Western Australia.

The key structural elements of a Swan Valley family home were built in less than four days thanks to a mechanical bricklayer capable of laying 1000 bricks an hour.

The Hadrian X, a robotic arm that mounts onto a truck, barge or crane, can lay bricks twice as fast as a human bricklayer, and is tipped to be the next big thing in the construction industry. 

Located at 31 Elderberry Drive, Dayton, the four-bedroom house sold at auction earlier this month, with The Vines Real Estate agent Chris Wilkson highly complimentary of the build.

“You can’t tell the difference, you can’t pick it at all,” he says. “It’s pretty high spec what they’ve done with it, it’s a well-built home.”

Set on a 425sqm block, the home is just as modern inside as it is out, with expansive stone tiling, king-sized bedrooms and en suites, and a compact, luxe kitchen.

The chef’s kitchen is part of, but separate from, the joint living and dining room, thanks to a three-person breakfast bar at the edge of the space. There’s a beautiful cross-breeze, courtesy of sliding glass doors at the back letting out onto a covered al fresco terrace perfect for afternoon entertaining.

The robotic bricklayer that built the home’s foundations in just three-and-a-half days was created by Perth-based company Fastbrick Robotics, which aims to address skills shortages in the construction industry.

Chief Technical Officer Mark Pivac says the Hadrian X can possibly work in tandem with human bricklayers to provide artisanal brickwork.

“This house is the first house built in a suburban environment by the Hadrian X,” he says. “It provides a safer, faster, more accurate, less wasteful and ultimately cheaper solution to brick construction.”

“The Hadrian X is a significant and necessary invention for Western Australia, and it puts WA at the forefront of robotic construction globally.”

Address:

31 Elderberry Drive, Dayton, WA 6055

Agent:

Chris Wilkinson – 0438 674 901
The Vines Real Estate

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