STAMP HOUSE BY CHARLES WRIGHT ARCHITECTS

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CWA were approached by the project client to deliver a carbon neutral (in operation) solution for an environmentally sensitive site off-grid on the edge of the FNQ beachfront rainforest.

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The aim was not to simply 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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The building is literally reflected by way of its siting over an engineered water ecosystem which was the result of lengthy liaison & collaboration with DERM, QPWS & all levels of government.
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The design is formed in an innovative combination of in-situ and precast concrete. The concrete has been engineered & insulated incorporating a total solar panelled roof to provide for a constant cooler & more comfortable ambient temperature year-round.
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The design utilises massive cantilevers to mitigate impact from potential flooding & king tide inundation associated with cyclonic activity. The project is category 5 cyclone proof and therefore classed as a cyclone shelter.
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ESD initiatives include: total 250,000 ltr water harvesting, recycling & reticulation, renewable solar energy generation with solar backup non-reliant on fossil fuel backup generation.
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On-site Advanced Tertiary Sewerage treatment plant, grey water recycling & irrigation, Shaded & Insulated Thermal mass engineering, thermal storage tank system for cooling with feed back into mechanical, hydraulic facilities etc.
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Building automation (CBUS) will be featured and all systems will be controlled via CBUS.

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Location:Queensland, Australia
Architect:Charles Wright Architects
Project Team:Charles Wright, Richard Blight, Justine Wright, Darcy Shapcott
Structural Engineering:G&A Consultants Pty Ltd
Civil Engineering:McPherson MacLean Wargon Chapman
Hydraulics:Gilboy Hydraulic Solutions
Electrical & Mechanical Engineering:MGF Consultants
Quantity Surveyor:Turner & Townsend
Landscape Architect:Andrew Prowse
Contractor:PD Builders
Year:2012
Photographs:Patrick Bingham Hall

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