Created by Adelaide-based design studio Das Studio, a new series of retreats seeks to combine the sleek appeal of off-grid cabins with luxury experiences.
Scheduled for a wider launch in 2022, the studio uses modular and prefabricated models to create the cabins, with the first iteration, McLaren Vale Escapod, located on an existing vineyard in South Adelaide.
Das Studio is inspired by a sense of belonging, with an emphasis on integrating the natural world into its design projects.
The studio saw an opportunity in the market to elevate small homes and off-grid cubicles that are growing in popularity.
Escapod is a commercial venture of Das Studio, run by the husband and wife team, directors Dino Vrynios and Sara Horstmann.
âThe Vineyard Retreat Project was our pilotâ¦ for a concept we had developed around providing high-end five-star off-grid accommodation in areas where you traditionally wouldn’t be able to get tourist accommodation,â Dino Vrynios, director of Das Studio told Business Insider Australia.
“Whether it was a working vineyard, a national park, an environment respectful of the environment, that was the idea of ââthe seed” Vrynios explained.
Pensions are based on Vrynios’ deep expertise in prefabricated architecture, with a new emphasis on applying these principles in a low impact manner on the tourism sector and off-grid cabins.
The aim of the project was to create a completely autonomous retreat that could be placed in remote or isolated locations that could traditionally grow in time and cost.
“We can quantify the steel, the wood, the coatings and all the different products and elements that go into the manufacturing of the building to also mitigate our waste for the building,” he said.
Vrynios said the team saw a gap in the market between the explosion of mini-homes and cabins serving urban professionals looking to unplug, and the more established market for farm stays and rentals.
âThe whole process is about being efficient enough,â he said, creating luxury spaces that elevate the experience of disconnecting from the routine.
At just 40 square meters, the pod incorporates a full-size kitchen, bedroom, and dining area, plus three separate terraces
Vrynios also said that as ‘prefabricated’ and ‘modular’ building practices became more acceptable and popular, especially in the UK and Germany where better quality projects were being applied to meet demand for housing. sustainable, there were opportunities to do the same in Australia.
âWe thought there was a better way to do prefab and modularâ, said Vrynios.
âI think the preconceived idea people have about modular manufactured homes, or even tiny homes for that matter, isâ¦ it’s substandard construction. We wanted to demonstrate that this is not the case.
The studio also saw the opportunity to apply these principles to a potential tourist clientele who might not themselves develop luxury accommodation, but were looking to diversify the value of their existing property; whether it is agricultural land, a wine estate or private property.
“They have an extremely light imprint on the earth”, Vrynios said retreats.
âWe could take it in two days, and you would never know it was there.
“I think that in itself is pretty special.”
Modular retreats are designed to be fully built – or retired, in a matter of days
âWe offer efficiency gains throughout the construction process, but we also reduce barriers to the actual natural environment. ” Vrynios spoke about the benefits of using modular building practices to create the retreats.
The fact that the retreats can be put together and taken apart “in a matter of days” to “completely remove this building and all vestiges of its existence in the first place” means that the impact on the environment is minimal.
Airbnb and other rental markets have expanded what tourism can look like, Vrynios says
Vrynios said the project will begin to expand its reach in the New Year, with a keen eye on partnering with companies and locations that match the mandate.
âIt’s not something that can be dropped off anywhere; it must be worth it “, said Vrynios.
Pensions “unlock value and create as a small ecosystem for the landowner, but also for the community at large, wherever these buildings are located as well, as this helps support the tourism industry in each of these different places”.
“It’s an immersive experience in nature”
With 50% of the pod exposed to the elements, in addition to being protected by double-glazed glass, Vrynios said the project sought to combine the trend towards tiny homes and off-grid cabin businesses like Unyoked with experiments resort and luxury hotel.
âIt’s an immersive experience in nature,â which does not compromise on âthe creature comforts one would expect from an upscale five-star hotel in the CBDâ.
âIdeally, when people think of this type of accommodation, they think of an outdoor cabin.
But then we want people to actually think, I want to do the Rolls Royce version; this is currently our offer. The difference will be there.