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The name Alkira means “bright and sunny” in the local Aboriginal language, but the six- bedroom fortress of concrete and steel was built to withstand category-5 cyclones as well. Also known as the “Stamp House” for its perforated facade that architect Charles Wright conjured to pay homage to Rod Perry’s former profession as a rare stamp auctioneer, Alkira won the 2014 House of the Year award from the Australian Institute of Architects.

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Alkira is completely self-sufficient – it runs on solar power and collects rainwater through vertical columns that double as support beams for the six-pointed star structure. The home’s open-air, concrete layout is cantilevered over an artificial lake, which keeps the place cool and breezy and mitigates impacts from flooding and cyclonic tide swings.

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There’s an on-site sewage treatment plant and a greywater recycling and irrigation system, which leave minimal impact on the surrounding wetlands. Sound like your kind of rainforest retreat? Now’s your chance to buy it.

+ Alkira Resort House

+Charles Wright Architects

All images courtesy of the Alkira Resort House