Stamp House by
Charles Wright Architects


Australian firm Charles Wright Architects used a mixture of precast and in-situ concrete to construct a house that can withstand the most powerful cyclones in northern Queensland (+ slideshow).

Stamp House by Charles Wright

The two-storey residence hangs over the edge of a lake in a beachfront rainforest area that is prone to tropical cyclones at the top end of the meteorological scales. The chunky cantilevered volumes are not only strong enough to withstand these cyclones but also prevent water from getting in during any accompanying floods.

Stamp House by Charles Wright

Charles Wright Architects designed the building to be self-sufficient, so it functions entirely off-grid. Solar panels on the roof generate electricity, while a 250,000-litre water system lets residents take advantage of rainwater harvesting and grey-water recycling technologies.

Stamp House by Charles Wright

"The aim was not to simply produce an engineered outcome," explain the architects, "but to produce a building which made the most of the site's natural amenity and reintroduced the surrounding native wetland environment."

Stamp House by Charles Wright

Named Stamp House, the building has an embellished exterior featuring a grid of circular indents that dot across the walls and roof.

Stamp House by Charles Wright

The entrance to the building is located on the uppermost floor and is accessed by crossing a long bridge over the water. Inside, a large central living room accommodates various seating areas, a kitchen, a dining room and a gym. Bedrooms are situated in the wings.

Stamp House by Charles Wright

Other houses designed to withstand intense weather conditions include a concrete bungalow on a Japanese island prone to typhoons and a conceptual tornado-proof house.

Stamp House by Charles Wright

See more houses in Australia, including a blackened-timber residence outside Melbourne.

Here's some more information from Charles Wright Architects:

Stamp House

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. The aim was not to simply produce an engineered outcome but to produce a building which made the most of the site's natural amenity and reintroduced the surrounding native wetland environment. The building is literally reflected by way of its siting over an engineered water ecosystem which was the result of lengthy liaison and collaboration with National Parks, Environmental Agencies, State and Local Government.

Stamp House by Charles Wright

The design is formed in an innovative combination of in-situ and precast concrete. The concrete has been engineered and insulated incorporating a total solar panelled roof to provide for a constant cooler and more comfortable ambient temperature year-round. The design utilises massive cantilevers to mitigate impact from potential flooding and king tide inundation associated with cyclonic activity. The project has been designed to be solid and to withstand intense cyclones.

Stamp House by Charles Wright

ESD initiatives include: total 250,000 ltr water harvesting, recycling and reticulation, renewable solar energy generation with solar backup non-reliant on fossil fuel backup generation, On-site Advanced Tertiary Sewerage treatment plant, grey water recycling and irrigation, Shaded and Insulated Thermal mass engineering, 'green' cooling and energy conservation controlled via building automation system (CBUS).

  • sor perdida

    Who could possibly live in this ominous building?

  • Gus

    What a waste of concrete!

  • Gagarin

    Reminds me of Lautner. A house for the evil guy in a James Bond movie. Beautiful brutality!

  • D'Maverick

    Anybody watched Robotech The Macross Saga? Take a good look at the battleship and make a comparison with the house.

  • tbh


  • A wonderful site with the rare chance to build a single residence with a revolutionary design, and they choose to design a prison. A wasted opputunity.

  • Carina

    It's beautiful and another ultimate doomsday prepper!

  • Rafel

    It scares me to live there. I would pay to demolish it and make something different.

  • calle wirsch

    The expressive form would have been enough. Why these big points all over the facade, like from over-dimensioned formwork anchors? The emphatic concrete framework inside is very dominant.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Something about this attracts me. Maybe it's just the still water.

  • Sultony

    It just needs some portholes at the side and it will appear like a river monster with its huge mouth open ready to gobble up anyone in its path!

  • iBouc

    In France, there are bunkers on the beaches: military fortresses from the war. Their aesthetic code is the same as this house.

  • Ryan

    It's curious, this project was designed to keep one safe and warm from the elements, but lacks so much warmth itself.

  • DeeCee10000

    It’s actually very beautiful when you stop and look at it in its entirety, how it interacts within its surroundings and how much thought went into its construction. What a shame the average homeowner can’t afford to build a home like this in hurricane- or tornado-prone areas.

  • I would really love to see the floor plans. Is this really a family house?

  • I don't really like how the ceiling looks. But I love how it looks from the outside, so inviting and warm-looking!

  • Joy

    Absolutely love this house by architect Charles Wright. The house is available as a holiday rental. Some stunning photos of the property on their Facebook page:

  • Gary Walmsley

    UGH — I didn’t like Brutalism when it was in vogue.
    Hideous and assaultive exterior.

  • Sarah

    Urgh a house built in a pool of water in North Queensland? Just wait until mosquito season.

    Concrete is also totally unsuited to the climate and its huge carbon footprint almost makes the buildings carbon neutral operation a useless detail – a token green gesture at best!