The Alkira Resort House stunned the design world when it emerged like a spacecraft from the World Heritage rainforests of Queensland, Australia, in 2013. After serving as an off-the-grid vacation rental, a home for owner Rod Perry, and even a storm shelter for Perry’s friends last April, the carbon-neutral UFO house is now on the market for $15 million.
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.
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.
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.
All images courtesy of the Alkira Resort House