Stamp House / Charles Wright Architects

  • 25 Feb 2013
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© Patrick Bingham Hall

Architects: Charles Wright Architects
Location: Queensland,
Architect In Charge: Charles Wright
Project Team: Charles Wright, Richard Blight, Justine Wright, Darcy Shapcott
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patrick Bingham Hall

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

© Patrick Bingham Hall

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 produce a building which made the most of the sites natural amenity and re-introduced 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 & collaboration with National Parks, Environmental Agencies, State and Local Government.

© Patrick Bingham Hall

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. The design utilises massive cantilevers to mitigate impact from potential flooding & king tide inundation associated with cyclonic activity. The project has been designed to be solid and to withstand intense cyclones.

© Patrick Bingham Hall

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, On-site Advanced Tertiary Sewerage treatment plant, grey water recycling & irrigation, Shaded & Insulated Thermal mass engineering, ‘green’ cooling & energy conservation controlled via building automation system (CBUS).

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Cite: "Stamp House / Charles Wright Architects" 25 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
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  • jeffry_142

    The height of sustainability as an impossible alibi.

  • Andres

    I like the ‘carbon neutral (in operation)’ part. That much concrete has a very, very large carbon footprint that wont be paid back in a very long time. On the other hand, very interesting project space wise (quite interesting sections). Low carbon buildings (in operation) are completely feasible in remote areas these days, even if they’re not completely ‘green’ is a good start and is great to promote them in archdaily.

  • Charles Wright

    Patrick Bingham Hall should have been credited for all photography

  • Charles Wright

    Patrick Bingham Hall should have been credited with all photography

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  • Conway Pedron

    Absolutely beautiful.

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