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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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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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.” 

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