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The Outback Legacy of the Hinterland House in Queensland, Australia

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Shaun Lockyer Architects have designed a house in rural Queensland, Australia that feels as if it was part of the outback.

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The Hinterland House perfectly recreates the Australian colonial idyll.

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A deep porch extends the full length, past living, dining, bathing and sleeping rooms.

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Simultaneously fragile and monumental, the home truly captures the spirit of the place.

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The plan is as simple and clear as an isolated Australian railway station.

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At the far end is the master bedroom.

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At the center of the line of rooms, a serene bathroom juts out into the porch but is surrounded by plantings for privacy.

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The house is set on a slight slope with parking above.

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A two step stair extends the entire length of the porch and wraps around on both ends.

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The house also has suggestions of a farm shed in the outback.

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Its high roof of corrugated metal is exposed underneath like a utilitarian sheep shearing shed.

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The elegant contemporary reinterpretation is charmingly utilitarian.

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A lonely colonial outpost with a certain retro charm.

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Gorgeous Eco Beach Cottage in Madagascar

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Here is an amazing and highly original beach house on coastal Madagascar by SCEG architects.

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The house is superbly designed to maximize coastal breezes.

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The roof is flipped up to catch and direct a flow of air through the structure.

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Under the shelter of the straw roof, only four rooms at each corner are enclosed.

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Only two enclosed spaces are on a second ‘floor’ that is otherwise completely open.

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Between these stucco rooms, the heart of the home is entirely open to the cross breeze.

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The enclosed spaces on the second floor are connected by wooden paths under the roof.

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A modular rhythm is established by the persistent use of open air trelliswork to separate the spaces.

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The four enclosed stucco-clad spaces are at the four edges of the house.

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In the enclosed rooms, the modular rhythm is continued in the window muntins.

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A platform of cooling concrete keeps the bedrooms cool.

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Wooden French doors attractively frame the cool grey concrete.

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The straw roof is loosely suspended above the entire structure.

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A lovely earth toned stucco is combined with a warm red wood to create a simple but sensuous texture palette.

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The overall effect is simultaneously sultry and cool.

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The wood detailing throughout has a beguiling charm.

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The uniqueness of the design is all the more astonishing for being on such an isolated island.
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The design, combining architectural woodworking with colored stucco and concrete is reminiscent of the work of Studio Mumbai.
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Wood is even used to frame tiny square windows that poke out from the bedrooms upstairs.

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Each day’s end brings the warm glow of the sunset behind the island of Sakatia.

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This is a very unique home that is warmly welcoming and civilized, while being completely open.

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A Beautiful and Cutting Edge Eco-Tech Prefab

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Along with beauty, architect Philippe Stark injects a little fun into this eco-tech design.

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One charming and novel idea is a shallow water feature that does not require the water use of a full pool.

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The shallow water has the same cooling effect on a hot day.

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Starck and Riko have collaborated on energy efficient and self-powering prefabricated home designs in the P.A.T.H. project.

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Its state-of-the-art eco tech roof is part cooling greenroof and part solar panels.

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The solar array is raised up off the roof allowing air to flow under the panels to cool them making them more efficient.

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Riko is one of the leading European manufacturers of wooden sustainable prefab buildings and the homes are built using state of the art prefab techniques.

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The very precise building process minimizes the possibilities of mistakes during the construction process.

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Cutting edge ecological solutions combine with timeless design for a high tech and classic outlook.

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The level of fine quality in the detailing and finish is remarkable.

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Retractable awnings are precisely engineered into the space between the floors.

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Prefabrication reduces waste, cuts construction time, and lowers costs.

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This translates into both time and money savings for the homeowners.

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The result is poetic, rebellious and definitely beautiful.