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The two-storey Stamp House designed by Charles Wright Architects, located in the in Far North Queensland (FNQ), Australia, is a self-sustaining home that’s sturdy enough to withstand a Category 5 cyclone. The eco-friendly design, uses an expansive water system, which is capable of harvesting up to 250,000 liters of water for home use and irrigation. Water used by occupants is recycled right back into the system and the site even has its own tertiary sewage treatment plant. Solar panels on the roof generate electricity eliminating the need for any fossil fuels to produce energy. The Stamp House is comprised of a mixture of new and used concrete, which provides insulation to keep the temperature more constant throughout the year.

"The aim was not to simply produce an engineered outcome," explain the architects, "but to produce a building which made the most of the site's natural amenity and reintroduced the surrounding native wetland environment."

“The aim was not to simply produce an engineered outcome,” explain the architects, “but to produce a building which made the most of the site’s natural amenity and reintroduced the surrounding native wetland environment.”

From the Architects:

“By way of siting a cantilevered cyclone proof structure over an engineered water eco-system, we were intent on enhancing the sites natural wetland attributes & beauty. From the outset, we had a clear vision for the project as reflected in water with the rainforest, mountains and sky.”

Source of images: dezeen

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References

Stamp House – Charles Wright Architects Pty Ltd. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.wrightarchitects.com.au/projects-2/contact/stamp-house/

Stamp House that withstands cyclones by Charles Wright Architects. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.dezeen.com/2013/03/04/stamp-house-charles-wright-architects-withstands-cyclones/

The Stamp House: a self-sustaining, solar-powered cyclone shelter. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.gizmag.com/stamp-house-self-sustaining-cyclone-shelter/26426/

 

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