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Off-the-grid marvel wins top award

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A stunning Cape Tribulation house has won the Far North Queensland House of the Year in the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2014 Awards.

Charles Wright Architects constructed the carbon neutral, off-grid features a total solar panelled roof, massive cantilevers and 250,000 litre water harvesting, grey water recycling and irrigation facilities.


“This house is an extraordinary response to a very personal and adventurous brief for a new type of tropical house in a remnant paddock in the rainforest,” said the judges.


“The concrete fabric chosen for permanence, robustness and thermal mass is placed on a man-made lake and shaped and patterned around its quirky personal spaces to somehow make its otherworldly presence take its place in the world’s oldest and most pristine landscape.”


The architects said  aim was not to  produce an engineered outcome but produce “a building which made the most of the sites natural amenity and re-introduced the surrounding native wetland environment.”