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The Stamp House: a self-sustaining, solar-powered cyclone shelter

• gizmag.com
 One architectural firm has constructed a building that attempts to address both concerns simultaneously. Designed by Charles Wright Architects, the Stamp House in FNQ is a self-sustaining home that's sturdy enough to withstand a Category 5 cyclone.
 

CWA built the house for a client with the goal of creating a self-sustaining structure that made good use of the surrounding wetland at the building site. The designers worked with local environmental groups, like the Department of Environment and Resource Management and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, to ensure the project's water system did not interfere with the natural ecosystem.

Constructed on a small patch of land in the middle of a pond, much of 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.

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